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Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester was founded in 1985 by local activists who identified the need for affordable housing opportunities in the Greater Worcester area and were committed to solving the affordable housing problem. In 2007 we merged with the MetroWest Habitat to become Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester.

Our mission is to build homes, communities and hope for local families and veterans, and our vision is that everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward accomplishing its mission by building affordable homes in partnership with volunteers and families. With an affordable home, families gain strength, stability and self-reliance. Through shelter we empower.

Families in our community partner with Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester to build a safe and affordable home, working alongside volunteers. They must contribute 400 - 500 hours of "sweat equity" on their project, attend financial education classes, and pay an affordable mortgage.

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester is one of just a handful of Habitat organizations across the U.S. to offer Operation Playhouse to benefit local veterans. Find out more about Operation Playhouse here!

Our Service Area: Ashland, Auburn, Barre, Boylston, Brookfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Framingham, Grafton, Holden, Holliston, Hopkinton, Leicester, Marlborough, Millbury, Natick, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sudbury, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Wayland, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westborough, and Worcester.

Families and veterans in our service area who need decent, affordable housing may apply for homeownership.

Homeownership is based on:

  • The applicant’s level of need. Families must fall into the 30 - 60% of Area Median Income.
  • Their willingness to partner with Habitat. Families must give back 400 - 500 "sweat equity" hours on their project.
  • They must attend financial education classes provided by Habitat.
  • And, the family must pay an affordable mortgage.


We offer families a hand up—not a hand out!

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners.

Our program is designed to provide housing options to those who do not qualify for conventional mortgages, while providing support systems to help families help themselves. To find out more about our selection process click here.

In addition to new construction, Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester also renovates existing homes in our communities.

Separately, our Home Repair program is an outreach initiative that seeks to provide a wide range of opportunities for low to moderate income homeowners, including Veterans, who are struggling to maintain their homes due to age, disability, or family circumstances.

This program allows us to partner with families to help them reclaim their homes with pride and dignity, focusing on exterior home repairs to address health, life and safety/code issues. Families can stay in the home where they live without being disrupted by the uncertainty, trauma, and expense of moving.

Habitat for Humanity affiliates are local Habitat for Humanity organizations that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International.

Each Habitat affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area. Your local affiliate is Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester.

Ashland, Auburn, Barre, Boylston, Brookfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Framingham, Grafton, Holden, Holliston, Hopkinton, Leicester, Marlborough, Millbury, Natick, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sudbury, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Wayland, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westborough, and Worcester.

Habitat depends on financial donations to fund our work to help local families and veterans to own a safe and affordable home. Visit our ways to give page to learn more.

Our two ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, appliances, and other items are open to the public. Every purchase supports our mission to build homes, communities and hope for local families and veterans. Our local ReStores are located at 640 Lincoln Street, Suite 100, Worcester and 310 Pond Street, Ashland. Visit our ReStore website to learn more about how you can donate and shop. Besides shopping in the Worcester and Ashland stores, our Worcester ReStore now has online shopping available: www.letsrestoreonline.org.

For anyone wishing to make donations of services or materials for any of our other programs, please visit our Gifts-In-Kinds page.

For vehicle donations, please visit our Cars for Homes page.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Every purchase made at our ReStores benefits the local families we serve through affordable and safe housing.

Our local ReStores are located at 640 Lincoln Street, Suite 100 Worcester and 310 Pond Street, AshlandVisit our ReStore website to learn more on how to learn more on how you can donate materials and shop at our stores. Besides shopping in the Worcester and Ashland stores, our Worcester ReStore now has online shopping available: www.letsrestoreonline.org.



Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester complies with the U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or sources of income.

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