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

Impact Infographic (PDF)

Impact Infographic (PDF)

Impact Infographic (PDF)

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…

Meet Jeff – Leahy’s Lane

Jeff is a single parent, and recently had to move in with a family member. While he is grateful for his family, his current living arrangements do not give him…

Meet Shelley and Alan – Leahy’s Lane 

 Shelley and Alan are retired, long-time Peterborough residents, and grandparents who have given a lot of their time and talents to the community.    Alan has used his woodworking skills…

Meet Olivene – Leahy’s Lane

Olivene already knows how she will celebrate owning one of Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region’s new condo units on Leahy’s Lane this spring. The first thing I will…

Anne Homeowner

Meet Anne – Leahy’s Lane

Having rented her home for her entire life, Anne has always dreamt of owning her own place. After the passing of her daughter that dream felt even more out of…

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.