How It Works.

A path home.

Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island is a registered charity whose mission is to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable housing.

Families are selected on the basis of need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner with Habitat. Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island builds houses, with community support, for families that meet our criteria.  Each family partners with Habitat Mid-Vancouver Island by contributing volunteer hours (see below). An independent Family Selection committee is responsible for reviewing and assessing the applications.

We believe in a hand up, not a hand out.

Next Houses

Nanaimo multi-unit development – stay tuned for more details coming early 2024!

Building Homes – Building Neighbourhoods

Habitat Mid-Vancouver Island wants to do more than build houses. We also want to build a strong community. We are looking for good neighbours; families who are willing to partner with us and with others in our community.


Habitat Mid-Vancouver Island does not give away houses. Houses are leased to our Partner Families with an equity component.

Family Volunteer Hours

Each selected future Partner Family will volunteer a total of 500 volunteer hours, which must be completed prior to earning equity in their Habitat home. Families will work on the construction of their own or other Habitat homes, in our ReFresh/ReStores or other pre-approved charities and fundraising events. Family volunteer hours are an important way to demonstrate commitment and partnership with Habitat Mid-Vancouver Island. Family volunteer hours are not a down payment and there is no monetary compensation for family volunteer hours.

Cost and Size of the Homes

Habitat Mid-Vancouver Island builds decent, affordable homes with some volunteer labour in order to help reduce construction costs. In addition to lease payments, the Habitat Partner Family is also responsible for the payment of strata fees (if applicable), insurance, and other potential costs associated with maintaining a home.

Who can apply?

Families including single parent families, families with children and families with elder relatives living in their home can apply. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants and we embrace all socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Lease Payments

Homes are leased from Habitat Mid-Vancouver Island with an equity component after the 500 volunteer hours are completed.

How do I apply?

When we are accepting applications, you will be able to access information regarding the application process on our home page of our website and on our social media platforms.

Do I need to submit my CRA forms, pay stubs & Equifax Credit Report?

If you are shortlisted, the Family Selection Committee will advise which documents are required, and you will be reimbursed for any costs associated with obtaining these documents. You do not need to have perfect credit, but show that you are responsibly managing your debt.