Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization that builds homes, communities and hope.
Berkshire Habitat  is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
All that said, please understand that we do not give away homes. Our homebuyer partners must:
  • Go through a rigorous qualification and selection process.
  • Have a qualifying income and attend our Building for Tomorrow financial literacy training program.
  • Invest 400 (for a single person) or 500 (for dual heads of households) hours of sweat equity in the building of their own home as well as the homes of others. During sweat equity, homebuyer partners learn home maintenance and upkeep.
  • Pay their mortgage on time.
We do not give away homes. We help those who are just a little short of realizing the American Dream of Homeownership. It's a hand UP, not a hand OUT!
FICTION: Habitat for Humanity gives houses to poor people.
FACT: Houses are not given to anyone. Habitat for Humanity builds houses with people in need with volunteer labor and donated materials. Then, Habitat sells the houses to homebuyer partners through no-profit loans. Habitat acts as the bank, and mortgage payments are zero interest and no more than 30% of the family's household income. Homeowners typically have incomes that are 40-60% of the median income in the area. They are required to invest 400-500 sweat equity hours building their home and other Habitat homes.

FICTION: Habitat houses lower neighborhood property values.
FACT: Many studies have shown that affordable housing has no adverse effect on neighborhood property values. Habitat's approach to affordable housing improves neighborhoods by strengthening community spirit and increasing the tax base, while building better citizens through the cooperative efforts involved in Habitat construction. A recent study found that Habitat homeowners were considered to be good neighbors by other members of their community.

FICTION: Habitat homeowners are on welfare.
FACT: Like most people with mortgages to pay, Habitat homeowners must have a source of income. In the United States, the large majority of Habitat homeowners work at low-wage jobs in the service or health industry. For example, the nurse who cares for your family in a hospital could be a Habitat homeowner. Sometimes homeowners work more than one job to pay the mortgage. A few families are on public assistance or disability.

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Wednesday, November 24
We are not at the job site today, but instead, at the Habitat ReStore to construct storage shelves. Please join us at 399 Hubbard Ave, Pittsfield anytime from 8 am to 12 pm. Call Steve for details at 413-443-2106.

Saturday, November 28: NO BUILD

There is NO build today due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We'll see you next Wednesday!
If you are interested in either of these projects, call Elsa for details at 860-280-4828.


Office Closed:
November 26 and 27

The main office at 314 Columbus Ave will be closed 11/26-27 for Thanksgiving. ReStore will be OPEN on November 27 for Black Friday shopping deals, which you can check out here!


Do you live in the Westside of Pittsfield? Take our Neighborhood Survey!

We want to hear your voice about life in the Westside Neighborhood of Pittsfield! Click here to learn more and to take our suvey.


Now Recruiting: VITA Volunteers

Make a difference by filing income taxes for low- to moderate- income families and individuals. Last year, the Habitat VITA team filed over $800,000 of returns for residents of MA, NY and CT. Click here to join us today! 


Shopping Online for the Holiday?

You can give back to Habitat while shopping on Amazon! Through the Amazon Smile program, a small portion of your purchases will be donated to Habitat, at NO additional charge to you. Just hop on Amazon by clicking here, and start shopping!

Building Dignity

Habitat builds homes with families that demonstrate a willingness to partner with us. These families invest hundreds of sweat equity hours and at the end of the day, the mortgage they pay helps fund the construction of more Habitat homes. It’s easy to feel good about that!

Building Relationships

Politics, professions, ethnicity, religion and economics all fall away at Habitat. We invite people to find common ground through shared goals and collaboration.

Building Community
Habitat seeks to end poverty housing by transforming whole communities, house by house, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood. Our new Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative allows us to serve more families by expanding our offerings to include critical home repairs and rehabilitation programs.

Our homebuyer partners must go through a rigorous qualification and selection process. Our homebuyer partners must have earnings and attend financial literacy training that teaches them to maintain a budget. They must invest 400 or 500 hours (or about a year) of sweat equity in the building of their own home as well as the homes of others. During sweat equity they learn home maintenance and upkeep.

And guess what? After all that:

They still have to pay a monthly mortgage.