Our History

Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has worked in partnership with families to build, rehabilitate or repair more than 1 million houses around the world, providing more than 5 million people with safe, decent, affordable shelter. 


Habitat for Humanity Capital District

Habitat for Humanity Capital District is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. We proudly serve Albany, Rensselaer and Southern Saratoga Counties. Habitat affiliates are independent and locally-run nonprofit organizations. Each affiliate is responsible for coordinating all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area, including fundraising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction, and mortgage servicing.

There are more than 1,500 local Habitat affiliates in the United States and more than 70 national organizations around the world. Habitat for Humanity is the 10th largest homebuilder in the United States.

Since 1988, Habitat for Humanity Capital District has built over 100 homes for hardworking families in our area. 


Building in Rensselaer County

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Building in Albany County

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Our Global Partners

Each year Habitat for Humanity Capital District tithes a portion of our undesignated contributions to fund home building work in other nations. Since our inception, Habitat for Humanity Capital District has tithed over $90,000 to our partner countries, enabling the building of 33 homes internationally.


As a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing – making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Our ministry was founded on the deep conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent place to live in dignity and safety.

Habitat welcomes people from all walks of life to partner in serving families in need and creating a better community for everyone who lives here. We build with people in need regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity and we welcome volunteers and supporters of all backgrounds.

Habitat is driven by the desire to give tangible expression to the love of God through the work of eliminating poverty housing. Our mission and methods are predominately derived from a few key theological concepts:

Putting faith into action

Habitat’s ministry is based on the conviction that to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, we must love and care for one another. Our love must not be words only- it must be true love, which shows itself in action.

The economics of Jesus

When we act in response to human need, giving what we have without seeking profit, we believe God magnifies the effects of our efforts. We refer to this perspective as “the economics of Jesus.” Together, the donated labor of construction volunteers, the support of partner organizations and the homeowners’ “sweat equity” make Habitat’s mission possible.

The theology of the hammer

Everyone can use the hammer as an instrument to manifest God’s love. Habitat’s late founder Millard Fuller, called this concept “the theology of the hammer.” We may disagree on all sorts of other things,” said Fuller, “but we can agree on the idea of building homes with God’s people in need, and in doing so using biblical economics: no profit and no interest.”

Non-proselytizing policy

As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance to the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.