About us

No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. 

 
 

Our vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our mission

Habitat for Humanity Capital District builds strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.

 

About us

Habitat for Humanity Capital District is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in 70 countries around the world. Habitat for Humanity affiliates are local Habitat for Humanity organizations that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International. Each Habitat affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area.

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.

Founded in 1988, Habitat for Humanity Capital District has been providing homeownership opportunities for families in need of decent housing for more than 25 years. We serve Albany, Rensselaer and Southern Saratoga Counties and have built over 115 homes in partnership with local families. Collectively, Habitat has helped more than 9.8 million people meet their affordable housing needs around the world.

Visit our neighboring affiliates: in Schenectady CountyNorthern Saratoga, Warren & Washington Counties; and Columbia County.

 

Our Guiding Principles

Diversity and inclusiveness

Habitat for Humanity welcomes people from all walks of life to partner with us as volunteers, donors, employees and homebuyers. We celebrate and value our diversity, welcome differences and leverage the collective strengths of all people.

A hand up, not a hand out

Habitat for Humanity does not build homes for people, but with them as equal partners. Habitat homeowners build alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

The power of homeownership

We believe in the power of homeownership to build strength, stability, independence and opportunity for families and communities.

Focus on community

Habitat for Humanity is committed not just to building homes, but to building community. We prioritize our construction efforts within focus neighborhoods to maximize our impact.

Volunteerism as a social change strategy

Habitat for Humanity volunteers don’t just reduce cost – they are our ambassadors and partners in helping to change the world. We are committed to offering opportunities for people in our community to put their values into action.

Collaboration

We strive to create strong, productive and mutually-beneficial partnerships with like-minded organizations in service of our common vision – a community where everyone has a decent place to live.

Transparency and accountability

We are committed to the efficient use of our financial, environmental and human resources and to full and accurate reporting to our donors, volunteers and partners.

 

building impact:  FY2017-2019 Strategic Plan

A set of guiding principles, goals and strategies to achieve our vision of a community — and a world—  where everyone has a decent place to live.

We’ve accomplished a lot already. But we can do more, and we are called to do more.

Our plan proposes big goals: transforming lives and neighborhoods, engaging a coalition of support, influencing housing policy and building a sustainable organization. Through the planning process, we’ve committed to thoughtful inclusive decision-making as we move forward towards these goals.

In short, it proposes a new framework for how Habitat does business.

Download the plan here.


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.