About Lancaster Area Habitat
Lancaster Area Habitat for Humanity builds new homes and renovates older homes in partnership with families in need and community volunteers.
Each family contributes hundreds of hours of "sweat equity" - time spent hard at work building or renovating their own homes or a future neighbor's home. Volunteers provide labor to ensure the low cost and affordability of the home.
Habitat has served over 186 families in Lancaster County since 1986. Habitat has built or renovated 126 homes and improved 60 homes in Lancaster and across the county in Ephrata, Elizabethtown, Quarryville, Columbia, Denver, and Mount Joy. Habitat is seeking real estate throughout the city and county for future builds and rehabilitation.
We believe that everyone has the right to live in a safe, decent home. Affordable housing is a crisis in Lancaster County - over 10,000 families are in need of housing choices. By working together, we can make a difference for hard-working families, seniors, and the disabled for whom the goal of owning an affordable, decent home often seems out of reach.
Local vs. International
The relationship between local Habitat affiliates and Habitat for Humanity, International (HFHI) is unique. HFHI provides operation guidelines; however, each affiliate is independent. Lancaster Area Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c) 3 organization that raises all money locally here in Lancaster County and tithes 10% of all unrestricted funds to affiliates abroad, currently in Nicaragua. Habitat relies solely on local support to achieve its mission and goals here in Lancaster County. (Did you know that someone who donates to HFHI can designate their funding to Lancaster County?)