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.

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

2018
Impact Infographic (PDF)

2019
Impact Infographic (PDF)

2020
Impact Infographic (PDF)

Meet Edward and Jessica – Leahy’s Lane

Edward, Jessica, and their son were living in a one-bedroom apartment for five years. In the beginning, the apartment was a quiet and peaceful place, but that changed, and it…

Meet Heather – Leahy’s Lane

Becoming a homeowner allows me to build equity, but more than that, it gives me a sense of accomplishment and peace, knowing that I can own my place,” says Heather….

Meet Phuong – Leahy’s Lane

Owning a home gives me a sense of stability and comfort. I now have a quiet place to come home to,” says Phuong. Phuong was living in a rented basement…

Meet Nigel & Kimberly – Leahy’s Lane

Home is a safe place where a family can grow up healthy and happy,” says Nigel. Nigel, Kimberly, and their son’s living conditions were not ideal. Their place would get…

Homeowner Jane

Meet Jane – Leahy’s Lane

The path to homeownership for Jane Garant was not an easy one, but it’s a path that many people can probably relate to. And it’s a path that was made…

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.