Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark (HFH-GN), serving Essex, Hudson & Union Counties, was established in 1986 asan ecumenical faith-based ministry dedicated to building simple, decent homes for low and moderate-income families in Newark and Essex County, New Jersey. We build homes with hardworking Partner Families who supply at least 200 hours of sweat equity. Then, Habitat of Greater Newark provides Partner Families with a zero interest mortgage. We are proud that nearly 100 families have benefited from Habitat of Greater Newark homes built with generous donations from individuals, families, corporations, foundations and faith-based organizations and with support from thousands of volunteers and other local non-profit organizations who have partnered with us over the years.

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in nearly 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower.

Locally, Our Vision is a city where all Newark and Essex/Hudson/Union County residents live in safe, affordable homes.


  • To empower people through faith in action to share dreams across economic and racial barriers.
  • To provide decent, affordable housing in partnership with low and moderate-income families and together, work to revitalize the City of Newark, NJ and surrounding communities in Essex, Hudson and Union Counties.
  • To be a well-established, caring community organization with adequate financial resources & effective structure and staffing.
  • To help create a visible community of homeowners and volunteers making a positive difference and contribution to their local neighborhoods.


Through volunteer work and tax-deductible donations, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark has been building decent, affordable homes with the help of the Partner (homeowner) Families for nearly 30 years. Habitat homes are sold to Family Partners and Habitat Newark provides a 0% interest mortgage. Habitat of Greater Newark volunteers and donors have made decent, affordable housing a reality for nearly 100 families.


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. Sign up as an individual, family, faith-based group, school group, civic organization, and/or corporate team. For more information about volunteering, click here.


Habitat of Greater Newark gives a portion of all our donations to Habitat International’s Tithe Program, which encourages Habitat partners to donate a tenth of what they raise in support of building homes in developing countries, like Haiti.


Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (including Habitat for Humanity Newark) will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as a part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to the messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark, Inc.
P.O. Box 32189
Newark, NJ 07102