About

Nunavut experiences 19% overcrowding, compared to the 5% average for the rest of Canada.

About

Building homes, building hope

Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit (HFHIQ) is a community‐based, charitable, non‐profit organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Research shows that housing that is affordable and adequate leads to better outcomes for families in the areas of health, education, and emotional well-being. Good housing in communities attracts economic investment, and contributes to thriving schools and community organizations. We are committed to making this a reality in Iqaluit!

HFHIQ became an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada in 2005. We are dedicated to improving housing conditions for people who are gainfully employed but are unable to afford a down payment due to the cost of housing in the North.

Over the last 7 years, we:

  • Built our first home in 2007 with the assistance of 2 teams of Global Village volunteers.

  • Built our second home in 2009 with the assistance of 3 more Global Village teams.

  • Developed a strategic plan to build a further 8 homes by 2020.

Our Vision

A world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

Our Mission

To mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Our Values

  • Housing for All We believe that access to safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human right that should be available to all.

  • Human Dignity We believe in the worth and dignity of every human being. We respect the people we serve and those that help us in this effort and recognize them as our greatest resource.

  • Partnership We believe we can best achieve our mission through meaningful and mutually-beneficial partnerships with others.

  • Faith in Action We believe that faith is lived through action. Building on our faith-based foundation, we serve and work with people of all faiths and beliefs in a spirit of justice and compassion.

  • Diversity and Inclusiveness We believe there is a role for everyone committed to our vision, mission, and values and we seek to enrich our organization through diversity.

Habitat for Humanity Canada

Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada (HFHC) is a national, non-profit organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

With the help of over 50,000 volunteers every year, HFHC’s 72 affiliates nationwide have provided almost 1,800 Canadian families with safe, decent and affordable housing. HFHC is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing shelter for more than 2 million people since it was founded in 1976. With your help we hope to continue to provide families in Iqaluit with a place to call home.

More information can be found on the Habitat for Humanity Canada website.

A history of success

In 2004, Habitat for Humanity Canada took part in a study sponsored by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) that interviewed 185 partner families. Benefits of the HFHC program included:

  • 40.6% of families surveyed reported a marked increase in the school grades of their children.

  • 54.2% noticed an improvement in children’s behaviour.

  • 22.9% of the parents went back to school

  • 34.1% of the income earners moved on to better jobs.

  • 36.1% were less reliant on social assistance and community services.