Habitat Bermuda is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, which was founded in the United States in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. Since its inception, Habitat International has built and renovated more than 400,000 homes with families in need all around the world.
Habitat Bermuda became a registered Bermuda Charity in April 2000, and an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in June of the same year. Habitat Bermuda was established in response to the need for more adequate, affordable housing in Bermuda. By partnering with Bermuda businesses and with families in need, Habitat Bermuda is actively addressing and meeting those needs by renovating or expanding substandard or inadequate housing.
More recently Habitat has modified its focus from assisting in large-scale construction and mortgage projects, to another Habitat model, A Brush with Kindness (ABWK). This model is about restoring neighborhoods one home at a time by providing home renovations and refurbishments. These projects aim to rectify common issues such as leaky roofs, mould, broken windows and doors, and severe electrical or plumbing problems which can lead to insecure and hazardous conditions for families.
Increasingly Bermudian families, often those including either young children or the elderly, are struggling to maintain their homes and consequently are living in unsafe, substandard or unhealthy environments. The mission of Habitat Bermuda is to assist those living in derelict conditions to make home improvements that will ensure that every Bermudian may live in a safe, secure and healthy home.
Habitat’s objective is to complete 12 individual projects over the course of a 12 month period in order to improve the living conditions of those 12 families in need. In order to do so, families will be prioritized where there are children, elderly or disabled individuals residing in a residence. The ultimate hope is to ensure that families do not live in unsafe, substandard or unhealthy environments.
Habitat has continued to partner with the American Consul, several schools, the Coalition for the Protection of Children and more recently, Age concern as a source of both new families in need as well as volunteers to help with our projects. All continue to have excellent support from the building supply sector as well as from architects who identify slightly used cabinets and other fixtures.