This month, we give thanks to you.

For turning a house into a home. For changing the lives of so many families in the Berkshires. For building strength, stability, and self-reliance. 

Habitat can't do it without you.

Let some of our Habitat homeowners explain:


INTRODUCTION TO CENTRAL BERKSHIRE HABITAT

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization that builds strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.
Founded in 1992, Central 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.
People in your community and all over the world partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With our help, those homeowners achieve the independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.
We do not give away homes. Our Habitat Homebuyer partners must:
  • Go through a rigorous qualification and selection process.
  • Have a qualifying income and attend our Building for Tomorrow financial education 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.
Habitat partners with families to provide the tools and resources to achieve their dream of homeowners. Everyone deserves a decent place to live. 
The Habitat office at 314 Columbus Ave and ReStore are closed on Thursday, November 24 in observance of Thanksgiving. ReStore is OPEN for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday!
ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS
Friday, November 25 
Volunteers can join us at 5-7 Hall Place from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm for a special build. Please bring your own lunch. Call Brian at Habitat to confirm that you're coming: (413) 579-2597

Saturday, November 26

Volunteers can join us at 5-7 Hall Place from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm for a special build. Please bring your own lunch. Call Brian at Habitat to confirm that you're coming: (413) 579-2597.
Park in the lot at the corner of Seymour Street and Madison Ave, then cross safely to the job site. Do not park near the house so our construction vehicle has space. 

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Thank you to Otto's Breakfast & DeliSubway, and Freddie's Place in Pittsfield for being Golden Hammer Restaurant Partners! Click here to learn how your business can support Habitat.

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.