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Habitat for Humanity International

Washington, United States
Joined February 2012
Presence in: United States

Our mission

Seeking to put God’s love into action Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Our vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our principles

  1. Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
  2. Focus on shelter.
  3. Advocate for affordable housing.
  4. Promote dignity and hope.
  5. Support sustainable and transformative development.

Who we are

Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families. Through our 2020 Strategic Plan, Habitat for Humanity will serve more people than ever before through decent and affordable housing.


Rules and regulations about land and building have a major effect on access to housing. In places where there are smart policies in place, there is more access to decent housing. In other places where there are uniformed policies and systems, there can be barriers that make it difficult for people to find land for construction, build the home itself or be able to afford a place to live.

Habitat for Humanity serves as a voice for people in need of decent housing by working to change laws and shape policies that affect access to housing.

Our advocacy approach is based on decades of on-the-ground experience and policy expertise. In our deep understanding of housing and its role in providing opportunities for families, we seek to reform laws in a non-confrontational, nonpartisan way. Just like building, advocating for smart policies and systems is a way to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live

People Associated With This Organization

Andrea Fernandez Barrantes

Costa Rica  
Habitat for Humanity International
Joined August 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Labor & Employment
I am a lawyer, based in Costa Rica. I´ve worked in so many communities of Latin America and Caribe, especially in topics related with the right to housing. Currently, I am working as a consultant of Habitat for Humanity International in one proyect called "Land Legal Desk", who is looking for to ensure safe land tenure in Central America and the Caribbean.

Ariel Alejandro Sosa

Habitat for Humanity International
Joined October 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Family, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Livelihoods
Soy Coordinador de Programas de Hábitat para la Humanidad Argentina Asociación Civil desde hace 10 años. Trabajé en proyectos de vivienda y hábitat desde esta asociación civil en Ciudad de Buenos Aires, La Matanza, Lujan, Santa Fe y Formosa en Argentina.

Bonoua John World Ackah Miezan

Ivory Coast  
Habitat for Humanity International (Unverified)
Joined September 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Right to Information
Since the military-political crises experienced by the Ivory Coast, I am working to strengthen social cohesion. Particular emphasis was placed on land issues. And my job today is to promote the land law of my country, to mobilize communities around local land governance practices and to bring communities to resolve their disagreements peacefully.
By joining this network, I hope to share my different experiences and acquire new skills in advocacy and community mobilization. Because for me, when a community is devoted and mobilized, it succeeds in achieving great results

Daniel Cotillas

Habitat for Humanity International
Joined October 2017
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Other, Women's Rights
Especializado en procesos y metodologías de código abierto enfocadas a la generación de procesos sociales participativos. Con un enfoque hacia la cultura libre y la ética hacker, me puedes encontrar en parques y plazas intentando seducir sobre la importancia de una ecología de nuestra vida digital y la generación de redes de confianza y colaboración.

Maria Luisa Alvarado-Zanelli

United States  
Habitat for Humanity International
Joined February 2012

Miguel Mandamiento

Habitat for Humanity International
Joined April 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights
My name is Miguel Mandamiento, lawyer of Profession, specialist in property rights and cadastre, researcher in informal occupations, currently I work in the Informal Property Formalization Agency in Peru. My interest in joining this group is to contribute my experience in issues related to the diagnosis and sanitation of property and especially in normative proposals to address the problem of land occupation. I collaborate with various institutions, training the staff of the various institutions on property regularization procedures.

Raquel Ludermir

Habitat for Humanity International
Joined April 2017
Interests: Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Women's Rights
I am a PhD candidate in Urban Development, currently researching on the relationship between gender inequality and land tenure security in urban areas, in Brazil. My main interests include gender equality, land policies and governance systems, housing access and tenure security, land conflicts and forced evictions, as well as access to justice, legal empowerment and the right to the city.

As an independent consultant, I work closely with international and local NGOs to strengthen women’s and communities’ land and housing rights through advocacy, capacity development and knowledge management initiatives, mainly in Latin American and Caribbean countries. I am also engaged with global discussions around the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly interested in pushing forward the gender-responsive indicators related to land access and tenure security.

I manage the open knowledge platform, which is the Latin American and Caribbean gateway of two initiatives of Habitat for Humanity: Solid Ground, a global advocacy campaign to improve access to land for shelter; and the CSO Cluster, part of the Global Land Tools Network – GLTN / UN-HABITAT. I've worked in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects supported by DFID, Open Society Foundations, British Council and the Brazilian Federal Land Administration.

Sofia Mejia

Costa Rica  
Habitat for Humanity International (Unverified)
Joined January 2019
Interests: Women's Rights
Sofia has more than 13 years of experience in the field of volunteering, giving her beginnings as a volunteer herself with AIESEC in Mexico. After completing her university studies, she dedicates herself fully to international cooperation and volunteer management in Latin America and the Caribbean.
She has extensive experience in international NGOs such as Peace Corps, VSO, Cuso International and AIESEC; currently serves as Volunteer Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Regional Office of Habitat for Humanity, providing support to all countries in the Region with active volunteer programs as well as managing the Habitat Global network with organizations of volunteers. Sofia studied Customs Administration and International Trade and is currently completing her Master's Degree in Human Rights and Education for Peace at the Institute of Latin American Studies of the National University of Costa Rica.

Tamzin Hudson

South Africa  
Habitat for Humanity International
Joined March 2020
Interests: Housing Rights & Informal Settlements
I am the Policy and Advocacy Manager at Habitat for Humanity International based in the Area Office in Pretoria. My role is to support the advocacy and policy work in the region with a focus on land and property rights as well as to promote adequate and affordable housing. We also focus on promoting the SDG-aligned global agenda.

Zaida Albino

Habitat for Humanity International
Joined March 2017
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Generalist Legal Services, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Right to Information, Women's Rights
Zaida Albino Loroño, Directora Ejecutiva Nacional de Hábitat para la Humanidad Bolivia, nació en la ciudad de La Paz, habla español y portugués. Desde que inició su carrera profesional buscó complementar sus estudios de forma integral. Su pasión por ayudar a mujeres y niños se traduce en la satisfacción de ver la transformación de la vida de la población vulnerable del país a través del accionar de las organizaciones. Su especialidad en la temática social se debe a los más de 20 años de experiencia en ONG’s; reflejados en los proyectos que elaboró en pro de los derechos de niños (as), emprendimiento de mujeres, financiados por organismos internacionales. Uno de los desafíos que tiene es la búsqueda de mejorar y facilitar el acceso a la tenencia segura de la tierra a través de la implementación de acciones de incidencia en las comunidades beneficiarias y brindarles Asistencia Técnico Legal de manera oportuna, transparente y a bajo costo; por ello sería interesante participar del evento.
Maria Luisa Alvarado-Zanelli is the network champion (main point of contact) for Habitat for Humanity International.

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