About Habitat for Humanity Poland

Our vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our mission

To eliminate poverty housing and prevent homelessness through renovation and construction solutions as well as advocacy activities serving lower-income and socially excluded people.

Habitat for Humanity Poland

Habitat for Humanity Poland is a nonprofit housing organization which responds to poverty housing through various projects, including: construction of new houses, rehabilitation of apartments and residential facilities for vulnerable youth and adults, microloans, energy efficiency trainings, housing research and advocacy.

  • The leading housing and advocacy NGO in Poland since 1992
  • More than 1,300 families served, including building of 120 new housing units
  • More than 2,000 volunteers hosted

Highlights from FY 2016

  • 255 individuals served through construction and renovations
  • 371,000 individuals potentially impacted through advocacy work
  • 680 local and international volunteers hosted
  • Widely acclaimed national housing report and housing forum

Why Habitat works in Poland
Poland has a population of 38.2 million. For most housing statistics, Poland scores among the worst of the EU countries:

  • Almost 15% of the population lives in poverty housing, defined as a lack of roof overhead and/or substandard conditions (with no bathrooms and toilets, no central heating or technically unsafe buildings)
  • Poland ranks in the bottom third of OECD countries in terms of housing conditions for children (average rooms per child/ children in homes that lack basic facilities)
  • 44.8% of Poles live in overcrowded spaces (EU average is 17%)
  • Poland has a serious housing shortage with the lowest rate in Europe of number of homes for its population
  • Almost 53% of Poles point to unmet needs for housing as the biggest problem for Polish families.

 

Habitat for Humanity globally

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in approximately 70 countries around the world. Habitat works toward its vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.

  • Over the past 40 years Habitat built or renovated over 800 thousand housing units all over the world, providing decent living conditions to over 4 million people.
  • Habitat operates in over 70 countries situated on six continents.
  • 2 million volunteers become engaged in Habitat’s projects every year.

More information available at: www.habitat.org