About us

Our vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our mission

We build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.

Our history

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The farm’s commitment to racial justice, complete equality and shared generosity laid the foundation for Habitat’s model of partnership housing. Habitat has since grown to become a global nonprofit housing leader.

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.

Habitat for Humanity Capital District was founded in 1988 as an independent affiliate of Habitat International. 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.

Our service area includes Albany, Rensselaer and Southern Saratoga counties, where we have built over 130 homes in partnership with local families. Collectively, Habitat has helped more than 22 million people meet their affordable housing needs around the world.

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

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 builds homes with them—not for themas equal partners. Habitat homeowners build alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage and other regular expenses that come with owning a home.

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.


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 2020 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 service of our bold vision of a community—and a world—where everyone has a decent place to live, we are extending our commitment to this comprehensive plan through 2020. 

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.