Who is Habitat For Humanity?

About Us

Our Local Organization

Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie and Area is a non-profit organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

Donate

Your donation will help us complete ongoing projects, enabling us to provide the hand up of homeownership to families in need.

Ownership

Habitat for Humanity DOES NOT give homes away, we partner with hard-working local families to give them a handup not a hand out.

History of Habitat for Humanity

In 1976, the Habitat for Humanity movement began in Americus, Georgia. The first Habitat home was built in Canada in 1985.

Join Our Team

Volunteer opportunities with Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie and Area.

Build Progress

See pictures of our ongoing build at the corner of Cedar and Birch!

Our Local Organization

Founded in 2002, HFHSSMA is a non-profit community based organization serving Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and the surrounding area. HFHSSMA offers a sustainable solution to the housing crisis facing our communities. 

Our Mission

To mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership and to break the cycle of poverty housing structures. 

Our Vision

A world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

Our Values

Housing for Everyone
Access to safe, affordable housing is a basic human right that should be available to all. 


Human Dignity
The worth and dignity of every human being. We respect the people we serve and those that help in our journeys and recognize them as our greatest resource.

Partnership
We can achieve our mission by meaningful and mutually-beneficial partnerships with others.

Faith in Action
Live through action. Building on our Christian foundation as we serve and work with people of all faith and belief in a spirit of justice and compassion.

Diversity and Inclusiveness
Theres a role for everyone committed to our vision, mission and values. We seek to enrich our organization through diversity. Inspired by the vision where everyone has access to a safe, decent affordable place to call home.

Board of Directors

       David Thompson
       Chair Person

       Denton Middaugh
       Vice Chair

       Kristy Aloe
       Treasurer

       Shelley McEachern
       Recording Secretary

       Lorri Kennis
       Past President

       Debbie Berto
       Director

       Frank Bentrovato
       Director

       Lisa Kenopic
       Director

 

Habitat for Humanity Canada

Habitat for Humanity Canada was founded in 1985. It has since grown to 69 affiliates in 10 provinces and 2 Territories. Over the years, Habitat for Humanity Canada volunteers have logged more than 10 million hours, contributing to the completion of over 2000 homes for low-income Canadian families. The Canadian headquarters is located in Waterloo, Ontario. To find other Canadian affiliates located near you click here to go to their site.

Habitat for Humanity International

The Habitat for Humanity movement was founded in 1976 in Americus, Georgia by Millard and Linda Fuller. The program developed from the concept of "partnership housing" where those in need of adequate shelter work with volunteers from all walks of life to build simple, decent houses. Habitat has built, rehabilitated, improved more than 500,000 houses around the world, providing more than 2 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.Click here to learn more.

Global Village

Habitat for Humanity Canada invites you to join thousands of volunteers from all over the world who are working to eliminate poverty one house at a time. The Global Village teams bring invaluable support to the communities they visit. Volunteers do not need building experience, just adventure and good health. Work with a family to help them build a home, strengthen their community and enrich both their lives and your own. You’ll be more than a tourist as you will be welcomed into the community by your hosts and introduced to the local culture as a guest.

To learn more please visit the Global Village website or contact our local Global Village Team Leader,Tammy Paterson at tdot08@sympatico.ca Tammy is a seasoned volunteer and led her first team to Armenia in April, 2013!

History of Habitat for Humanity

Millard and Linda Fuller founded the Habitat for Humanity movement in 1976 in Americus, Georgia. Built on the idea of partnership housing, Habitat for Humanity volunteers gave a hand up to those in need by working side by side with them to build safe, decent and affordable houses.

The Fund for Humanity
The houses would be built at no profit and interest would not be charged on the loans. Building costs would be financed by a revolving fund called "The Fund for Humanity.” The fund's money would come from the new homeowners' house payments, no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fund-raising activities. The monies in the Fund for Humanity would be used to build more houses.


The Fund for Humanity’s mission statement:
What the poor need is not charity but capital, not caseworkers but co-workers. And what the rich need is a wise, honorable and just way of divesting themselves of their overabundance. The Fund for Humanity will meet both of these needs. Money for the fund will come from shared gifts by those who feel they have more than they need and from non-interest bearing loans from those who cannot afford to make a gift but who do want to provide working capital for the disinherited . . . The fund will give away no money. It is not a handout.

Phenomenal growth
In 1984, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn took their first Habitat work trip, the Jimmy Carter Work Project, to New York City. Their personal involvement in Habitat's ministry brought the organization national visibility and sparked interest in Habitat's work across the nation. HFHI experienced a dramatic increase in the number of new affiliates around the country.

In 1985, the movement spread to Canada with the first Canadian build in Winkler, Manitoba. Two years later, Winnipeg became home to the first Canadian affiliate. Habitat for Humanity in Canada has since grown to 58 affiliates in 10 provinces and two territories and has successfully provided over 2,500 families with safe, decent and affordable housing.

Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity International has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 600,000 houses worldwide – providing shelter for more than 3 million people.

To learn more visit www.habitat.ca

Ownership

Habitat for Humanity DOES NOT give homes away, we partner hard-working local families, who invest 500 hours of "sweat equity" in the building of their homes and repay a 0% interest, geared to income mortgage over time. Habitat Partner Families are selected through an application process based on specific criteria. 

Habitat Partner Families become homeowners and gain equity in their homes with each mortgage payment. Habitat mortgages contribute to the Revolving Fund for Humanity, helping to fund future builds through a positive cycle of hope and opportunity.

Each HFH affiliate accepts Homeownership applications and select partner families based on the following criteria:

 

1. Level of Need: 

Families income must be below the government-set Low Income Cut-Off guidelines.

 

2. Ability to pay a Habitat Mortgage: 

Family must have a stable income sufficient to cover mortgage payments 

as well as other costs associated with home ownership.

 

3. Willing to Partner with Habitat: 

Families must contribute 500 hours of volunteer labour, or "sweat equity" in building their home.

Outreach

Do you work with low income families who are looking for affordable housing options in Sault Ste. Marie? 

Are you interested in scheduling an information session about our Habitat for Humanity's Homeownership Program with your organzation?

Staff, volunteers, community groups and faith organizations may benefit from an information session about Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie's Homeownership Program in oder to understand how the program works and help to identify families who may qualify.

If you would like to schedule an hour information session with a Habitat Representative at your location please contact the Executive Director, Colin Glassford at 705-942-7443 ext: 23 or director@habitatsault.ca