Research and Reports
Transforming Lives: The Social Return on Habitat's Work in Canada
Boston Consulting Group's assessment of our homeownership program which demonstrated how every $1 invested into Habitat accrues $4 worth of benefits to society. This represents $175,000 of total benefits per partner family and about $39 million for the 211 homes built by Habitat in 2014.
Building Families’ Futures and Opportunities Through Habitat Homeownership
A 2012 Canada-wide survey of families who purchased a home through Habitat for Humanity which found that Habitat homeownership improves the health, happiness and wellbeing of families that partner in our program.
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Building the Foundation for a Happier, Healthier Life
Do you remember what it was like growing up? Having a warm, welcoming home that always felt safe? A backyard to play in? Food in the fridge? At the time, you likely didn’t think about those things. No one could blame you for taking them for granted. Carefree; that’s how growing up should be. But life is not carefree for children of the 1.6 million Canadian families in need of safe, decent and affordable shelter.
Many Canadian families live month to month, making it nearly impossible to get ahead. They’re forced to decide between heat and rent – a choice no family should ever have to make. Every Canadian family deserves a safe, decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity Canada’s goal is to make that dream a reality.
We’re not just helping families in need purchase an affordable house, because they’re also getting a home. Homeownership is about more than just building equity, as it can instill a family with a renewed sense of confidence and pride. Children have become happier and more outgoing, leading to improved grades and better health. Parents have used their newly discovered sense of accomplishment to return to school, learn a new trade, or upgrade their job skills. The impact is immediate; the effects everlasting.
Many partner families are so moved and thankful for the opportunity to better their lives that they continue to contribute to their communities by helping others break free of the cycle of poverty. From becoming a partner family to the day they pay off their mortgage, Habitat partner families are given the support and guidance they need to ensure they succeed.
By supporting Habitat for Humanity Canada you are not just providing for the bricks and mortar to build a house, you’re giving Canadian families the hand up they need to build a better life.