Habitat for Humanity

PBHA's Harvard Habitat for Humanity connects student volunteers with build sites in Greater Boston, and runs domestic and international service trips during Harvard's winter and spring breaks.

Application Information:

To stay updated on the latest Harvard Habitat projects or to join a weekend build in Greater Boston, email habitat@pbha.org.

Student Director Contact Information:

Gita Abhiraman & Joe Valente

habitat@pbha.org

Staff Contact Information:

Laurie Chroney

laurie@pbha.org

617-496-9127

PBHA’s Harvard Habitat for Humanity operates as a campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity International,  connecting student volunteers with build sites in Greater Boston, and running domestic and international trips during Harvard’s winter and spring breaks. Through the work of Habitat, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. College campuses like Harvard, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem―decent housing for all.

Why Habitat?

Habitat for Humanity volunteers work together to assemble a house in Costa Rica.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers work together to assemble a house in Costa Rica.

The world is experiencing a housing crisis. According to Habitat for Humanity International, nearly 2 billion people worldwide live in inadequate housing, with another 100 million experiencing homelessness. More than just a roof over someone’s head, decent housing provides stability, physical safety, and increased access to good health, education, and a stable job.  Habitat for Humanity works to make sure everyone has a decent, safe, affordable place to live.

Volunteering

With PBHA’s Harvard Habitat for Humanity, student volunteers collaborate with local Habitat chapters to participate in weekend builds throughout the Greater Boston area. During Harvard’s winter and spring breaks, students travel for week-long builds at sites across the United States and Latin America, supporting community development and fair housing in towns from Durham, North Carolina to Biolley, Costa Rica.

Stuff Sale

Each spring, Harvard Habitat for Humanity partners with Harvard’s Office for Sustainability to collect unwanted furniture, books, and other supplies as students move out of campus housing. Harvard Habitat for Humanity resells these items in the fall at the annual Stuff Sale, reducing campus waste and funding Habitat builds throughout the year. 

For more information about PBHA’s Harvard Habitat for Humanity, visit their Facebook page.

 

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    PBHA’s Alternative Spring Break program runs public service trips across the United States during Harvard's Spring Break and Wintersession.