About us

Who we are

Founded in 2002, Habitat for Humanity Ireland is a non-profit organisation, working on behalf of and in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, in Ireland. We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action.

What we do

Our vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our mission: Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.


Our principles and values

Focus on Shelter: We believe in creating 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 believe in promoting decent, affordable housing for all, and supporting 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.

Why shelter?

The world is experiencing a global housing crisis. With approximately 1.6 billion people living in poverty housing, we must act now!

Who we help

Along with our partners and supporters, Habitat has helped more than 9.8 million people access decent housing.

Our history

Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity is a world leader in addressing the issue of housing poverty.

Our Programmes

Habitat for Humanity provide a range of holistic housing and support services worldwide.


Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programme

Since 2007, Irish Aid has co-funded Habitat for Humanity’s Pamwesu project in Zambia. This project aims to promote equitable development and human rights amongst women, orphans and other children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in Zambia.

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Local Renovation Programme

Habitat for Humanity Ireland works in partnership with Dublin City Council to renovate derelict houses around the City Centre, enabling low-income families to become first time homeowners. We also partner with like-minded organisations to renovate their housing and community facilities for vulnerable groups. These initiatives help create safe, simple, affordable homes and facilitiesin healthy, vibrant communities.

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Disaster Response and Risk Reduction

We quickly respond to housing related issues in disaster zones around the world. In addition, we help local populations reduce the risk of future disasters through construction education and planning.

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International Volunteering Programme


Our International Volunteering Programme is an amazing opportunity for individuals and groups to work alongside families in need of a decent place to call home.

Energy Efficiency

We encourage the use of residential construction techniques that meet or exceed local energy conservation standards, promote continuous improvement, and advocate for regulations that serve low-income families. Energy-efficient projects focus on improving health and help decrease energy costs.

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We partner with governments and agencies to advocate for policy change to improve the housing sector for marginalised and low-income families.

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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

We increase access the clean water, help improve water and waste management, and educate individuals about proper hygiene practices.

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We work with families around the world that lack access to formal affordable housing finance.

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Want to get in touch?

Habitat for Humanity Ireland is a member of Dóchas. We are signatory to the Code of Good Practice developed by Comhlámh, and the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages.

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For all general enquiries, contact the office on 01 531 0033 or email info@habitatireland.ie

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