Habitat for Humanity International
An estimated 5.4 million American households face worst-case housing needs, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Receiving little or no government housing assistance, these families are unable to find a decent place to live at a price they can afford to pay.
More than 1,400 Habitat for Humanity affiliates are at work in the United States, building houses in partnership with people in need of decent, affordable housing. The Catholic Daughters in partnership with Habitat for Humanity work to build simple, decent, affordable homes for economically disadvantaged people so they can have a better environment in which to raise their families. We provide the finances for the house and also help to build these homes. We, as Catholic Daughters, may leave the site of the build bumped, bruised, and tired but it is very rewarding for all involved. CDA was one of the first women’s organizations to complete a house in Habitat’s seven day "Blitz Build".
Habitat houses are purchased by families at prices affordable to low-income Americans, thanks to the donated labor of Habitat volunteers, the support of CDA as a partner, and the no-profit terms of each U.S. Habitat for Humanity mortgage.
CDA and Habitat for Humanity have helped to change the lives of deserving families beginning in 1995 with our first build in Oklahoma City. The Catholic Daughters have built homes in New York, California, Louisiana, New Jersey Minneapolis, Texas, West Virginia, Massachusetts, and Virginia. A donation was also made to the Diocese of Gunther in Indonesia in 2005 after the devastating tsunami. In 2008 we helped to build four of the 40 days of Lent homes in Mexico. Every year Catholic Daughters build a home.
Catholic Daughters partner with each Habitat affiliate who is an independent, locally managed organization coordinating local construction and selects partner families without regard to race, religion or ethnic group.