Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity (MHFH) builds and renovates homes for families in need of sustainable housing. Our simple, decent, and affordable homes help transform the lives of our partner families and the neighborhoods in which they live.
Since 1984, we have built and repaired over 500 homes in neighborhoods across the city, and as we move forward we will focus our work in the Washington Park neighborhood. By focusing house by house, block by block, one neighborhood at a time we are better able to help our partner families make the transition to homeownership.
Our homes are built with the “sweat equity” of our partner families. Depending on the size of their household, our partner families will complete between 285-495 hours in the construction of their homes and the homes of their neighbors. Since we work with first-time home buyers, a portion of sweat equity is also devoted to financial education classes, as well as working with other neighborhood groups to establish a support network that lasts long after they move in.
Of course, we couldn’t do what we do without the thousands of volunteers from faith institutions, schools, corporations and civic groups that support us in every aspect of home building. Find out more about volunteering by visiting our Volunteer page.
Beyond building homes, we strive to build awareness for housing need. As a leading advocate for affordable housing and the largest non-profit home builder in Southeastern Wisconsin, we strive to make access to housing a priority for the greater Milwaukee community.
|1984||Milwaukee Habitat is incorporated as the 39th affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in the US.|
|1989||Milwaukee Habitat is honored to be the host site for the Jimmy Carter Works Project, which helped us to build and renovate fourteen homes.|
|1992||Sargento Foods Inc. becomes Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity’s first corporate house sponsor, with Northwestern Mutual Foundation joining the following year.|
|1994||Milwaukee Habitat moves into its first permanent home, a 65,000 sq. ft. warehouse, at 30th and North Ave.|
|1996||Our 100th home is built at 1746 N 24th St. just twelve short years after our incorporation.|
|2006||Thrivent Builds partners with Milwaukee Habitat by providing corporate sponsorship for ten new homes for Milwaukee families in need. In October Milwaukee Habitat opens its first Re-Store, a second-hand home improvement center in West Allis. Home Builders Blitz built ten from start to finish in seven days, with the help of professional builders, contractors and volunteers|
|2007||Milwaukee Habitat reaches the $1 million tithe milestone.|
|2008||We move to our current home at 3726 N. Booth St. in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood. “A Brush With Kindness” (ABWK) home repair program begins, which will go on to complete over 140 projects.|
|2009||Milwaukee Habitat celebrates our 25th anniversary and 400th home after completing construction at 2528 N. 20th St.|
|2010||Milwaukee Habitat receives Neighborhood Stabilization II funds and begins construction on 100 homes over a three-year period.|
|2011||We finish construction of 40 new homes, repairs on 30 existing homes, and host over 16,000 volunteers. Joy Global joins our mission as a key corporate sponsor.|
|2012||In this landmark year, Milwaukee Habitat completes its 500th home and conducted the largest Build-A-Thon in our history, framing 10 houses in 5 days with the help of AmeriCorps members from around the country.|
|2013||Milwaukee Habitat ReStore opens a second location in the Walker’s Point neighborhood, 420 S 1st St.|
|Milwaukee Habitat reaches $2 million tithe milestone.|