Celebrating 40 years of impact

For 40 years, Habitat for Humanity Tucson has built strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

Building homes, changing lives; none of what we’ve accomplished would have been possible without the support we have received from our generous donors, devoted volunteers and partner homeowners. We are so thankful for every donation, every HabiStore purchase, and every hour of volunteer time invested.

As we celebrate our past, we look forward to framing our future for the next 40 years as we build a Tucson community where everyone has a decent place to live.

Habitat Tucson founded

July 1, 1980

Rev. George Tolman and Jerry McFarland started the 7th Habitat affiliate in the country here at Habitat Tucson. Two years later, our first completed Habitat home was dedicated on Plumer Ave!

Miracle on Mountain

July 30, 1993

In Habitat Tucson’s first “blitz build,” Habitat Tucson aimed to have a house completed in just one week! Since it was constructed on South Mountain Avenue, it was called “Miracle on Mountain.”

100th home!

February 1, 1997

Habitat Tucson completed and dedicated our 100th home! It took just six more years to complete another 100 homes by 2003. The 300th Habitat Tucson home was completed and dedicated in 2009. Incredible!

Women Build

March 15, 1998

Habitat Tucson hosts its first ever Women Build! At Habitat Tucson, women and children make up the majority of those living in our neighborhoods, and we know what a difference equitable housing makes. We believe equality for all women, a strong sense of self and confidence, and empowering women to achieve economic independence are vitally important issues. Now in its 19th year, Women Build celebrates the power and impact women have on their communities.

Building Freedom Day

September 11, 2002

Building Freedom Day became a way to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11 while bringing the community together to build homes, community, and hope.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

May 1, 2005

Another first! Habitat Tucson launches the first ever Rainbow Build – a home built in partnership with the LBGTQ community.

HabiStore opens!

July 30, 2006

The Habitat for Humanity Tucson HabiStore opened its doors! More than a year before it planned, the HabiStore generated enough in sales to build its first home.

The HabiStore serves as a recycling hub that helps people keep working, useable household items out of landfills. Then the store’s profits fund the building of energy efficient Habitat homes!

Building Green

June 1, 2009

The first four homes certified “silver” under Pima County’s new green-building code were built by Habitat Tucson volunteers. Our Habitat homes are Energy Star rated, built to eliminate air leakage, and reduce the burden on households as energy prices rise.

A Brush With Kindness

May 1, 2012

Habitat Tucson expanded our community resources by launching the A Brush With Kindness program, which helps low-income homeowners who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes, allowing residents to reclaim their homes with pride and dignity.

400th Home!

November 30, 2015

Another milestone! The walls were raised on Habitat Tucson’s 400th home! Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors made this achievement reality.

Introducing Carters Court

July 30, 2019

Groundbreaking begins in Habitat’s 10th Tucson neighborhood, named after Habitat’s most famous volunteers, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. A true testament that strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities.

Looking Forward

July 1, 2020

Looking forward towards the next 40 years, Habitat Tucson know that with a little help, we all have the potential to stand on our own.
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