Our Mission

    Raise the Roof is dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing through community participation that includes financial support, volunteer labor and leadership for local, national and global
    Habitat for Humanity International builds.

  • Our Vision and Goals

    • Raise the Roof will provide a diverse and strong organization to grow and sustain our Shoreline involvement.
    • Raise the Roof will work to inform and encourage interaction among individuals, businesses, professional organizations, civic groups, educational institutions and faith-based communities to support our mission.
    • Raise the Roof will educate and train other communities to initiate and sustain similar “Community Cares” programs.
  • Facts about Habitat for Humanity

    • Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International has built and rehabilitated more than 500,000 homes around the world.
    • In this area, families apply to Greater New Haven Habitat to be considered for Habitat homes and are chosen on the basis of need, ability to repay their no-interest mortgage and willingness to become partners in the program.
    • Partner families invest sweat equity by helping to build the homes they buy.
    • Habitat sells these homes at no profit to the low-income partner families. Their mortgage payments help to support Habitat homes for additional partner families.
    • Habitat International is overseen by an ecumenical, international volunteer board of directors. At the local level, Habitat is managed by independent volunteer boards.
    • Habitat is not a government organization but does work with local governments who often help to provide land and other resources. The City of New Haven has been an ongoing partner in providing lots for construction.