Our Impact

building a foundation for healthier families and communities

Caught in punishing cycles of unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded conditions, or lack of access to affordable financing, many families in our community live with the constant burden of uncertainty, stress and fear. That’s why we partner with working, low-income families to help them build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.

Habitat homeownership provides families with more than just equity – it gives them a renewed sense of pride and responsibility. The impact is immediate, and the effects are lasting. Research has shown that Habitat homeowners are happier, healthier and more financially stable, which can allow them to return to school, learn a new trade or upgrade their job skills. Meanwhile, their children are more confident and do better in school.

The benefits of a Habitat home reach far beyond the four walls these families help build. Through reduced reliance on social housing and food banks, better education and employment outcomes, and improved health, every Habitat home built helps create $175,000 worth of benefits for the local community.

 

Every $1 invested in a Habitat for Humanity build produces $4 worth of social benefit.

22%

of children attained a bachelor degree or more vs. 8% control group.

37%

of families were in social housing before Habitat.

50%

of families are now physically active vs. 1% national average.

60%

reduction in food bank usage for Habitat families.

Habitat Canada Impact Info

2017
Impact Infographic (PDF)

2018
Impact Infographic (PDF)

Meet the Hall Family

After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of cancer, Sabrina struggled physically, emotionally and financially to provide a decent home for her family. Medical expenses and loss of income…

Meet the Jacobs Family

The Jacobs family are currently living in a very small 3-bedroom, one-bathroom home in Curve Lake. Their rental home needs new windows, doors, a new roof and many other necessary…

Meet the Goneau Family

Bonnie Goneau finds a feeling of home when she is surrounded by family, in a secure place that reflects their style. While renting an older home in Lindsay, Bonnie found…

Meet the Clark-Bandi Family

On July 28th, 2016, Habitat officially broke ground on the Community Build Warsaw Project located at 887 Peterborough Street in Warsaw. The three-bedroom, single-family detached home is being purchased by…

Meet the Mills Family

In 2017 the Mills family had to leave their rental apartment for their own safety due to the presence of black mold. They lived in a motel with their children….

Habitat Canada

Impact Reports

Transforming Lives: The Social Return on Habitat's Work in Canada

The Boston Consulting Group conducted a study to provide a quantitative assessment of our social return on investment. Their assessment of our model of affordable homeownership found that every Habitat home generates $175,000 worth of benefits to society. In Canada, our affordable homeownership program has created a social return on investment of over $590 million since we started in 1985.

Building Families’ Futures and Opportunities Through Habitat Homeownership

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation conducted a Canada-wide survey of Habitat families. After purchasing a home through us, these families reported improved health, happiness, and overall well-being.