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Our History

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Peoria Area

Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria Area is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria Area is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

We partner with local families who live in sub-standard housing. These families must be able to pay their Habitat mortgage and complete 250-500 Sweat Equity hours to prove their dedication to our program. We believe that education is a powerful tool in improving the quality of life for our partner families. Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria Area requires that our families attend 12 mandatory Habitat classes and go through debt counseling. Our goal is to prepare our families for success. We give them the education and resources that they need to become strong, independent, and empowered homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria Area was founded in 1989 by a group of talented individuals who decided to take a stand against substandard housing in Peoria. We serve Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, and Marshall Counties. We have now served over 100 families in the Greater Peoria Area. We could not accomplish this without the ongoing support of the community and all of our wonderful and dedicated volunteers. We sincerely appreciate all they have done – we could not have built over 100 homes without them! We look forward to building the next 100 homes!

All are welcome

Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria Area has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity was founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976. Today, Habitat is a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing. Habitat has more than 1,400 local affiliates in the United States and more than 70 national organizations around the world. Together, we have helped 6.8 million people improve their living conditions.