About Habitat

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami is an ecumenical Christian ministry, which builds homes in partnership with low-income families in need of a decent place to live. Miami Habitat was formed in 1989 and is in the top ten of over 2,000 Habitat affiliates nationwide. This ministry is open to all persons who desire to work to eliminate poverty housing. With all classes of people working together, Miami Habitat hopes to build new relationships and a sense of community as well as decent homes.

During its first year Miami Habitat completed four homes in West Perrine during that first year alone. The next few years brought more volunteers and more partners, building bonds within the community one step at a time. The Jimmy Carter Work Project came to riot-torn Liberty City in 1991 to help rejuvenate the community from within. In just seven days, 14 homes stood proudly.

In 1992, Hurricane Andrew, a massive category-5 hurricane, roared through South Florida, becoming the costliest disaster in US history. The 165mph winds proved to be no match for the 27 well-built Habitat homes in South Dade at the time: none sustained any structural damage. Since Hurricane Andrew, nearly 200 homes have been built for displaced hurricane victims.

Habitat for Humanity continued working in rural South Dade building Jordan Commons, a model community based on sustainable development and energy-efficient homes. Now, with 187 completed homes and a community center, the development is one of the largest Habitat for Humanity communities in the nation.

After several years of hurricane rebuilding in the southern end of the county, Miami Habitat redirected its focus to the distressed inner city neighborhoods of Liberty City, Little Haiti, and Overtown. So far, in Overtown, Miami Habitat has built 84 homes; in Little Haiti, 44; in Liberty city, 133 homes have been completed. Now you can see and hear children playing in their yards, their voices carrying a message of hope.

Habitat communities now exist in Liberty City, Little Haiti, Little River, Overtown, Highland Park, South Miami, West Perrine, South Miami Heights, Goulds, Princeton, Homestead and Florida City. Over 800 low-income families have been able to fulfill their dreams by becoming first-time homeowners and moving into Habitat homes throughout Miami-Dade County.

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