Since 1992, Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia has partnered with families in the province to build more than 75 safe, quality and affordable homes.
We offer qualifying families in our program an affordable, no-down-payment mortgage with monthly payments that do not exceed 30 per cent of their monthly incomes. In return, they invest 500 hours in volunteer work, even helping to build their own homes.
We also operate the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Dartmouth, a building supply and home renovation store that accepts and resells new and gently-used building materials, furniture and home décor items. The ReStore helps covers Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia’s operating costs. This ensures more of your donor dollars directly supports our mission to build more affordable homes.
We are part of a network of 46 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Canada and hundreds across more than 70 other countries.

our mission

Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.

our vision

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

our values

  • Empowerment
  • Partnerships
  • Inclusiveness
  • Community
  • Transparency

our history

Habitat for Humanity was established in Halifax in 1992 as Habitat for Humanity Halifax Dartmouth. In 2011, we became Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia, a provincial affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada. To date we have built over 70 homes for hard working families in 15 communities across the province. 

For more background on Habitat for Humanity…
Habitat for Humanity Canada
Habitat for Humanity International

how does Habitat for Humanity work?

Through volunteer labour, efficient management, monetary and in kind donations, Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates safe, decent and affordable houses with the help of our partner families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families using our affordable mortgage model.

Homes are built in communities where land availability allows either through donation or discounted purchase.

Habitat for Humanity is a hand up, not a hand out. In addition to geared to income mortgage payments, each homeowner invests hundreds of 500 hours of volunteer labour, even helping to build their home.

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 live with a constant burden of uncertainty, stress and fear in Canada and around the world. That’s why we partner with working, low-income families to help them build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.

Habitat homeownership provides families with more than just equity – it instills them with 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.

But the benefits of a Habitat home reach far beyond the four walls these families help build. 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.

partner families

With a little help, Habitat homeowners are able to achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves and their families. They are empowered to overcome the barriers that so often stand between their families and better, healthier, more financially stable lives.

Qualified Habitat homebuyers are:

In need of better housing: Potential homebuyers might be dealing with poorly maintained, unhealthy or overcrowded housing; unaffordable rent; inaccessible housing for people living with disabilities; or have other shelter needs.

Willing to partner with Habitat: Habitat homebuyers put in hundreds of hours of volunteer hours with Habitat. This typically involves helping build their own home or the homes of others in the program, volunteering in their local Habitat ReStore as well as taking classes in personal finance, home maintenance and other homeownership topics.

Able to make affordable mortgage payments: Habitat offers homebuyers an affordable homeownership opportunity. Their mortgage payments cycle back into the local Habitat for Humanity to help build more affordable houses.

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