Building strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership
At Habitat for Humanity Guelph Wellington, we envision a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. To achieve this vision, we partner with our community to build homes that provide the foundation for bright, stable and empowered futures for the families and individuals who live there.
Our mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and providing a pathway to homeownership as a means to creating generational wealth.
With the help of volunteers, donors and Habitat homeowners, Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates decent and affordable homes.
Our model uses housing as a lever to help low-income families attain social and financial stability, build equity and transform their futures and communities. 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. 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.
Your financial support, your voice, and your time will help bring strength, stability and self-reliance to families in need of a decent place to live. Donate today.
Where We Build
We build homes across our catchment area of Guelph and Wellington County. Since 2000, we’ve built 53 homes. In 2020 we completed our landmark 28-unit development on Cityview Drive in Guelph. To find out more, visit Our Builds page.
Our Operating Principles
A hand up – not a hand out.
Habitat for Humanity tailors occupancy costs to family income. In some cases we do this though interest free mortgages; for some families we use a deferred ownership model that allocates a portion of rent as an equity contribution to a future home purchase. We require all partner families and individuals to contribute up to 500 hours of time by volunteering in construction, the ReStore, office work and/or fundraising. Working together with staff and volunteers, we encourage the development of life and employment skills.
Environmental sustainability is important to us.
Since the 2007 building season, we have committed to building all homes to the EnergyStar standard for energy efficiency and will continue to meet or exceed these standards as our building practices develop. We have also committed to the City of Guelph’s Blue Built Home Program. These programs save water, energy, and reduce utility bills making our Habitat homes more affordable, sustainable, and livable for our partner families while helping the environment.
We support global partnership.
For every house we build in our communities, Habitat GW supports our international build efforts through tithing.