Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico

Established 25 years ago, Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of life of  families in Puerto Rico. We are an afilliate of  the global entity Habitat for Humanity International, which operates in all 50 states of the United States and more than 70 countries worldwide.

Mission

At Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico, we help individuals and families achieve stability, self-reliance and a better future through affordable housing and development projects.

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Our Vision

A Puerto Rico where every person has a decent place to live, a place to call home.

Habitat opens its doors in Puerto Rico

Ever since its establishment in Puerto Rico in 1997 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico has served hundreds of individuals and families in communities across the island in the construction and rehabilitation of their homes, with the support of donors and volunteers who have come together to contribute to Puerto Rico’s long-term affordable housing solutions.

Who do we serve?

  • Low and moderate-income individuals and families eager to improve themselves, who are seeking to build capital, economic stability and self-sufficiency through homeownership, home repair, and/or education, among others.
  • Our Affordable Housing program’s family selection procedures employ non-discrimination eligibility criteria and require each selected family to complete hours of work, which are distributed between the construction of their home and participation in educational workshops. Families must be able to pay a low-cost, 0% interest mortgage**

How do we work?

  • The money you donate stays local and is used to directly support individuals and families in Puerto Rico.
  • Construction of housing units is done in close collaboration with construction experts, volunteers, donors and the community.
  • Income generated from mortgages helps Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico to finance new projects and help more families.
  • We provide education projects that support construction and the self sufficiency of individuals, families, and communities.

Accessible housing

The median household income in Puerto Rico is $19,115.00, with an hourly minimum wage of $8.50. Based on these figures, a family’s monthly mortgage payment should not be more than $377, which represents 30% of total monthly income. In contrast, the median price for a house in Puerto Rico ranges from $175,000.00 to $319,000.00, resulting in monthly house payments varying between $940.00 and $1,700.00: a high price low- or moderate-income families simply cannot afford, thus triggering the need to live in overcrowded conditions and make poor health and nutritional decisions.

Learn about the benefits of home ownership

 

 

Get to know our success stories

“…nos han devuelto la tranquilidad mental, ahora puedo dormir, ver a mis hijas contentas, sin miedo y agradecidas.” Miguel Torres beneficiario del Programa de Reparación de Vivienda, Guayama