Habitat for Humanity: Building Good Green Homes

Habitat for Humanity is addressing a global housing crisis one home at a time. According to the non-profit, Habitat for Humanity: “About 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing and 100 million are homeless, according to the United Nations.” In the United States, one third of the nation – about 95 million people have housing problems.

The importance of creating clean, decent, stable and affordable housing 
is paramount to the mission of Habitat for Humanity. They’ve shown time and time again, that building homes does more than just putting a roof over someone’s head. Housing also allows families to:

  • provide stability for their children
  • create a sense of dignity and pride
  • improve health, physical safety, and security
  • increase educational and job prospects

I recently met with Neal Sullivan, the Executive Director, and Jon Snyder, the Development Director of Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard. Sullivan explained that their homes are built with volunteer labor, along with the future homeowners assistance. The materials are secured using donated materials and charitable donations. For families in the lowest qualifying income range, this Habitat for Humanity affiliate is creating simple, decent and green housing on an island that has an affordable housing crisis for many who live year-round and support the summer community.

Sullivan explained how incorporating energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly construction practices in their home designs are a win-win for the recipient: “We’re aiming for net-zero – using photovoltaic panels, energy recovery ventilations systems, small building envelops, retrofitting options, energy-star appliances and reclaimed building materials.”

Habitat for Humanity all over the world is building a future by creating affordable, sustainable homes for people in need. Do you have a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in your neck of the woods?

If you are interested in eliminating poverty housing in your community, here’s how you can get involved with Habitat for Humanity.


Ajla C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Hvala na clanku.

Wen Ping
Lea Thng6 years ago

Hope that all countries would be able to build green

Ann Fuller
Ann Fuller6 years ago

I tried to start a chapter of Habitat for humanity in my local community in Australia in 2008 but could not get a committee & then had a lot going on in my life. Will keep on trying. Did you know that the man who started Habitat for Humanity was Mr Fuller & my surname is also Fuller!! We have had a few homes built in Australia.

Magdalena K.
Past Member 7 years ago


Anthony Crain
Anthony Crain7 years ago

infinite dark gray mist?

below is a link to a site with a living biotic building idea...

Michael C.
Michael C7 years ago

Deborah, Don't take it personally, Habitat as a limited amount of funds, so as you can imagine, they are forced to work within a narrow set of guidelines.

I suspect that if one of America's new Billionaires or someone like Johnny Depp or Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen with their untold fortunes, if they were to donate a reasonable sum, Habitat could fulfill their dream on a much larger scale.

Folks, there is a start for a petition. Target America's wealthy to contribute to Habitat for Humanity and help make a dream come true for many more people, like Deborah.

Deborah Weinischke
Deborah H7 years ago

In the early 90's I had land and a job in dentistry, but Habitat for Humanity would not help me at all.

heather g.
heather g7 years ago

Habitat for Humanity do a tremendous job and their work has so much value. I wish youth offenders could be roped in to keep themselves out of trouble and perhaps even learn a trade, instead of being being a public nuisance and displaying antisocial behaviour. Authorities don't seem to realize that having work builds self-esteem and self respect.

Janet Ives
Janet Ives7 years ago

Very informative article

K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the article.