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. Established in 1994, Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region is one of 49 local Habitat organizations in Canada and part of the global network of Habitat for Humanity that operates throughout the world. Families and individuals in need affordable housing partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside our vast network of generous volunteers who share our passion for lending a helping hand. Affordable housing advocacy comes in many forms, from financial support and volunteering, to speaking out about Canada’s current housing crisis. Everyone can help families in our community achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance. Through shelter, we empower.
At Habitat for Humanity, we bring communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.
Affordable housing serves as the catalyst for a healthy life, providing improved social and financial stability for families living in our community.
With the help of generous donors and volunteers, we build decent and affordable homes that provide a solid foundation for people to build healthy lives in our community. Habitat homeowners volunteer 500 hours of sweat equity and through a unique financing model, repay an affordable mortgage to buy their home. We offer families with low incomes with an opportunity to purchase their own Habitat home.
Through our work in the Kingston Limestone region, we are witness to the benefit that our Habitat homeownership program can create. It offers the opportunity for long-lasting and life-changing impact on families and communities.
Of the Canadian families that moved into a Habitat home in 2021
- 43% were single-parents, 57% were two-parent
- 22% were Indigenous
- 10% were new Canadians
- 65% moved from market rental housing, 24% moved from social or subsidized housing and 9% from other living arrangements
- $42 million in social benefits were returned to communities ($4 returned for every $1 invested)