about Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa
With the help of volunteers and Habitat homeowners, Habitat Greater Ottawa (formerly Habitat National Capital Region) builds safe, decent and affordable homes, including single-family and multi-unit houses. Habitat has been building homes in Ottawa since 1993, and has served 73 local families over the last 25 years.
Our vision, mission & values
A world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to live.
Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.
- Embrace Diversity – promote a culture of inclusivity
- Work Together – collaborate and encourage teamwork across all aspects of our organization
- Be Compassionate – practice empathy and create empowering opportunities for others
- Go Beyond – strive for excellence and contribute to growth, improvement and new ideas
- Practice Gratitude – appreciate the impact that donors, volunteers, staff and the community have on our mission
- Have Fun! – contribute to a positive and lighthearted atmosphere and celebrate each other’s successes
The Habitat for Humanity Story
Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 in Americus, Georgia by Millard and Linda Fuller and has since spread to 70 countries around the world. The ongoing involvement of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, through the Jimmy Carter Work Project that began in 1984, has brought wide-spread global awareness to our organization and its work. Click here for more on the Habitat for Humanity International story.
Habitat Greater Ottawa became an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada in 1993. As one of 56 affiliates in Canada, Habitat Greater Ottawa is responsible for raising its own funds, organizing volunteers and building homes in partnership with families in need of affordable housing. The first local home was built in 1994.
The first Habitat ReStore began in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1991 and the concept has since grown to include hundreds of locations across Canada and the U.S. The first ReStore to open in Ottawa was on Walkey Road in 1995.