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Vision, Mission, Principles

Habitat for Humanity Ireland transforms lives by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Our self-help model provides families and communities with a ‘hand-up’ to pull themselves out of poverty. Our families invest hundreds of hours of their own time, ‘sweat equity’, into their houses and their neighbours’ houses. They also contribute towards the cost of the work. Habitat uses this money to build more homes, communities and hope.

By bringing people together in true partnership we create vibrant, healthy, thriving communities. Our vision is about much more than bricks and mortar. It is about empowerment, opportunity and change for the benefit of an entire community for generations. It’s about a future where all people can live in homes, communities and hope.

We are part of a global family that works in more than 70 countries. 4 million people have improved their living conditions through Habitat’s housing solutions.


A world where everyone has a decent place to live.


To eliminate poverty housing in Ireland and around the world and to make decent housing a matter of conscience and action.


  • Focus on shelter.

We seek to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, du­rable shelter by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.

  •  Advocate for affordable housing.

We promote decent, affordable housing for all, and we support the global community’s commitment to housing as a basic human right. We advocate for just and fair housing policy to eliminate the constraints that contribute to poverty housing.

  •  Promote dignity and hope.

We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships.

  •  Support sustainable and transformational development.

We view our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social and economic growth within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources entrusted to us.

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