Who We Are

Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County is part of the global network of Habitat for Humanity Affiliates.

Habitat for Humanity operates on a global scale, spanning over 70 countries, including the United States. Our DeKalb County, Illinois chapter, as a non-profit entity, collaborates closely with local families, businesses, churches, donors, and volunteers to construct homes and foster vibrant communities.

Partner families play a pivotal role in this process. They contribute through affordable mortgage payments and extensive sweat equity, working hand in hand with our volunteers to complete their homes.

Prospective homeowners are selected based on three primary criteria:

    1. Level of need: We prioritize families facing significant housing challenges, such as inadequate living conditions or unaffordable housing options.

    2. Willingness to partner with Habitat: Partner families must demonstrate a genuine commitment to actively participate in the home construction process and engage with our community-building initiatives.

    3. Ability to repay a mortgage: We carefully assess each family’s financial situation to ensure they can sustainably manage mortgage payments through a tailored payment plan.

By adhering to these selection criteria, we strive to empower deserving families to achieve the dream of homeownership while fostering a sense of pride and ownership in their communities.

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Our Mission Statement:

 At Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, our mission is to embody God’s love by uniting people to construct homes, communities, and hope. We envision a world where every individual has a safe and decent place to call home.

Our principles are rooted in demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ, prioritizing shelter, advocating for affordable housing, promoting dignity and hope, and supporting sustainable and transformative development.

Since 1995, we’ve been partnering with communities locally and globally to provide families with the opportunity to build or enhance their homes. Our homeowners actively participate in the construction process alongside volunteers and commit to affordable mortgage payments.

With your generous support, we empower our homeowners to achieve strength, stability, and independence, fostering a better life for themselves and their families. In Fiscal Year 2024, Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County expanded our reach through new construction, home repairs, and Neighborhood Revitalization initiatives.

At Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, we embrace diversity, operate with an inclusive approach, and welcome individuals of all backgrounds who share our belief in the importance of affordable housing. Regardless of race, religion, age, gender, or political views, we invite everyone to join us in our mission and we extend our services to those in need without discrimination As part of our commitment, we do not engage in proselytizing activities or attach conditions related to religious beliefs to our assistance.

Together, let’s continue to build a community where everyone has a place to call home. Join us in making a difference and spreading hope for a brighter future.


Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County works with local families who struggle to obtain affordable housing.

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