Building strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership
At Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph, 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 promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.
With the help of volunteers, donors and Habitat homeowners, Habitat for Humanity helps build and rehabilitate decent and affordable homes. Families and individuals who partner with us agree to pay an affordable mortgage geared to their income and volunteer with us in a variety of areas.
Our model of affordable homeownership bridges a gap for low-income, working families by providing them with the opportunity to purchase their own home. 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 Wellington Dufferin Guelph. Since 2000, we’ve built 25 homes and are in the process of building a 28-unit development in Guelph, and are exploring a multi-unit build in Dufferin. To find out more, visit Our Builds page.
Our Operating Principles
A hand up – not a hand out.
Habitat for Humanity offers a zero down payment, interest-free mortgage. Mortgage payments are geared to income and are held by the local Affiliate. 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 WDG supports our international build efforts through tithing.
We are guided by ethical fundraising and financial accountability standards.
To learn more about how we operate please view our most recent Progress Report.