Providing Stability for Children
A New Lease on Life
We Believe in a World Where Everyone has a Decent Place to Live
Helping Families Realize the Dream of Home Ownership

Providing Stability for Children

A New Lease on Life

We Believe in a World Where Everyone has a Decent Place to Live

Helping Families Realize the Dream of Home Ownership

Habitat Illinois Building Impact

Round 4 for $2,000,000 has been approved! The program is officially opened and updated documents are available at the link below.

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2018-19 Annual Report

We are pleased to report that in Fiscal Year 2018, the combined efforts of the 48 Illinois Affiliates resulted in 250 completed projects, which included 62 new homes. This is up impressively from the FY 2017 numbers of 209 and 53. We’re proud to share these & other accomplishments in our first annual report with our affiliates, partners, those in public office and the community at large.

  • Key State Accomplishments
  • Habitat Hero Awards
  • Inspirational Family Stories
  • Affiliate Accomplishments & Highlights
  • Economic Impact

Affiliate Successes

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County’s Sheila Dodd has been recognized as a leader in the Illinois Community Revitalization Task Force.

This Task Force brings together experts and qualified stakeholders to collaborate and offer solutions that will ease the barriers that locals units of government face when working to reduce blighted properties within their jurisdictions.

She is helping shape policy that will lead to safe, more stable communities.

Congrats, Sheila!

Affiliate Successes

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County and Lowe’s invite women across Champaign County to get involved in their community during National Women Build Week 2018.

More than 18,000 women construction volunteers unite nationwide to build up their communities with Habitat homeowner

Affiliate Successes

Every year Habitat Illinois Board members trade in their meeting minutes and financial reports for hard hats and hammers to help build alongside affiliates we support. We’ve been fortunate enough to build alongside affiliate staff, volunteers and our partner families to witness first hand the work being done across 48 communities in Illinois. Habitat Illinois board members aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and help families find strength, stability, and self-reliance through homeownership.

Affiliate Successes

Volunteer Management Basics Certificate Training (VMCT) — hosted by Habitat for Humanity of LaSalle, Bureau & Putnam Counties

Our recent training session was a success! Ten individuals from 6 affiliates were certified and trained during this informative class.

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Why Habitat for Humanity is Needed

Global Housing Crisis

An Urban Crisis

The world is experiencing a global housing crisis

Worldwide, some 827.6 million people live in urban slums and by 2020, it is estimated the world slum population will reach almost 1 billion. About 50 percent of the world’s population now live in urban areas and lack of clean water and sanitation claim the lives of more than 1.8 million young children every year.


Cost of Living Rises

In the United States, 48.5 million people are living in poverty

Minimum wage is not keeping up with the rising cost of living and many workers struggle to afford decent housing.


Positive Contributions

Decent, stable housing provides more than just a roof over someone’s head

  • Stability for families and children.
  • Sense of dignity and pride.
  • Health, physical safety and security.
  • Increase of educational and job prospects.


A Healthier Family

The transformational ability of good housing

  • Clean, warm housing is essential for prevention and care of diseases of poverty like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, diarrhea, and malaria.
  • Children under 5 in Malawi living in Habitat for Humanity houses have 44 percent less malaria, respiratory or gastrointestinal diseases compared to children living in traditional houses.


Value-Based Priority

Housing must become a priority

  • The percentage of people without access to decent, stable housing is rising.
  • Increasing the housing supply across the globe is essential.
  • Adequate housing is vitally important to the health of the world’s economies, communities and populations.
  • If we are to succeed in the fight against poverty, we must support the expansion of housing both as policy and as practice.

Home Ownership Matters

Home Ownership Builds Successful Children.
Compared to children of renters (of the same age, income, race, etc.), children of homeowners are:


More likely to graduate from high school


More likely to graduate from college


Less likely to become teenage mothers


Higher math scores


Higher reading scores

Home Ownership Builds Stronger Communities

Compared to renters (of the same age, income, race, etc.), homeowners:

Are 28% more likely to improve their homes

Live 4 times longer in a community

Are 15% more likely to vote

Are 11% more likely to know who represents them in Congress