About Us

Established in 1993, Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County partners with working families, sponsors, and communities to build safe, decent, affordable homes and to provide support services that promote successful home purchase and ownership.

As one of 1,500 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International, Schenectady Habitat is a nonprofit organization that works throughout Schenectady County to bring generous donors and hardworking volunteers together with qualified, working families. The result is dramatic, positive differences in the lives of family members and in neighborhoods.

We construct quality houses that are sold to home buyer families through no-profit, no-interest loans. Home buyers complete 400 sweat-equity hours and other requirements, pay for their homes and all upkeep, and maintain current payments on their properties.

Five staff members support the efforts of more than 400 volunteers to raise funds, qualify homeowner applicants, build houses, provide administrative support, offer affordable home improvement materials to the community, and much more. Outreach sessions and informational meetings inform prospective home buyers about the qualifications and benefits of home ownership, while our education program offers a variety of classes, which are required for home ownership. With 21 years of experience fostering successful ownership, we know the essential ingredient that promotes success is knowledge.

Our Mission

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Our Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

About Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County

Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Schenectady Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

Established in 1993, Schenectady Habitat serves Schenectady County in New York State’s Capital Region. The organization is dedicated to making quality, affordable housing solutions available to low-income families. To date, more than 40 houses have been sold at zero percent interest, in addition to 100+ other housing units repaired, for a total of more than 140 families served in Schenectady County.

All are welcome

Schenectady Habitat has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

About Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI)

Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.  Click here to learn more about HFHI.