Since it’s provincial roots were established in 1992, Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia has built over 55 homes throughout the province to help low income working families achieve the goal of successful homeownership.
In 2015, we welcomed more than 1,040 active volunteers to help with our mission and were privileged to have them donate more than 10,080 hours to help make homeownership a possibility for 9 new families across the province.
An affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada, we form part of the more than 63,000 volunteers every year and more than 55 affiliate organizations across the country working toward affordable homeownership.
We strive to build stronger families and communities by expanding opportunities for affordable homeownership.
20 families a year by 2020.
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 45 homes throughout the Province. Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia is active in Halifax region, and also has Chapters in Cape Breton, Annapolis Valley, South Shore, and a Project in Springhill.
Habitat for Humanity work?
Through volunteer labour, efficient management, Sponsor funding and donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates safe, decent and affordable houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and are financed with affordable, no-interest mortgages held by HFHNS.
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 mortgage payments, each homeowner invests hundreds of hours of their own labour, called “sweat equity”, into the building of their home and the homes of others.
We select our partner families on the basis of need, their ability to repay a no down payment, no interest mortgage, and their commitment to volunteer 500 hours of sweat equity. Mortgage payments from Habitat partner families goes into a revolving fund (The Fund for Humanity) which helps build more Habitat homes in a cycle that empowers individuals and lets families help families.