About Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph
At Habitat for Humanity WDG, 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.
To mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.
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, ReBuilding 3 homes in Orangeville, 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 “sweat equity” by volunteering in construction, office work and 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.