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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 and individuals in our community live with the constant burden of uncertainty, stress and fear. That’s why we partner with working, families and individuals, to help them build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.

Habitat homeownership provides families and individuals 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 of their home. 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.


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


of families were in social housing before Habitat.


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


reduction in food bank usage for Habitat families.

Habitat Canada

Impact Info

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Impact Infographic (PDF)

Meet Jordan – Leahy’s Lane

“My current apartment is not well suited for persons who use wheelchairs,” says Jordan. Currently, Jordan lives on the third floor of a local apartment building – which is a…

Meet Shannon – Leahy’s Lane

Shannon has a good job with a decent wage, working at a local cardiology clinic, but like many single mothers, it was impossible for Shannon to save for a down…

Meet Kerry-Ann – Leahy’s Lane

Comfort. Independence. Peace. If you ask Kerry-Ann what owning her own home means to her that is what she will tell you. Home to me is my comfort zone. It…

Meet Holly & Wayne – Leahy’s Lane

Purchasing a new Habitat home will free us from renting the rest of our lives! It will offer stability, pride of ownership, and accomplishment. Holly Holly and Wayne are celebrating…

Meet Karen – Leahy’s Lane

I have been paying rent to someone else for 35 years! Becoming a homeowner would mean my hard-earned money will finally be building equity in an investment for me. Karen…

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.