Everyone deserves a decent place to live.

On World Habitat Day, the first Monday of October, Habitat for Humanity joins the United Nations and organizations around the world in raising awareness, educating, and mobilizing individuals and communities to take action on the current global housing crisis.

A decent place to live can remove barriers to opportunity, health and success that might have been part of a family’s life for years, if not generations. Through shelter, we empower.

Lack of access to land is often at the heart of inadequate housing.

To build a shelter and make it a home, a family needs to know they have rights and won’t be evicted. Ensuring access to land — meaning the laws about who owns and has rights to land — is one of the top priorities for Habitat for Humanity. Removing current barriers to access would benefit millions of people around the world. Improvements would include greater gender equality, increased disaster resilience and decreased slum conditions. Improving access to land can increase economic growth, address inequalities and reduce poverty.

We invite you to support our efforts in these ways.

With your help, we can improve lives and communities — at home and around the globe.

  • Pray for shelter.
  • Learn how you can take action in the United States through our Cost of Home advocacy campaign.
  • Advocate for improved access to land for shelter through the Solid Ground global advocacy campaign.
  • Take action for housing advocacy by following the tips on our Advocacy page.
  • Make a donation to the work of Morris Habitat for Humanity.
  • Organize a team build day for a group of volunteers.
  • Visit the Morris Habitat ReStore to shop, donate or volunteer. Your support helps Morris Habitat accomplish its mission in your community.
  • Spread the word about the need for shelter on your social media network using the hashtag #WorldHabitatDay, and invite your followers and friends to find out more about Habitat and World Habitat Day.