In 1989, a group of concerned and committed citizens gathered to discuss forming an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in Chemung County.  This group had two primary concerns: the growing number of families in Chemung County that were classified as low-income "working poor" and that over 50% of the houses in the City of Elmira were non-owner occupied rental property.  


Chemung County Habitat for Humanity mobilizes volunteers and partners to help local, low-income families break the cycle of poverty through affordable homeownership. Since 1989, our affiliate has rehabilitated and newly constructed 23 homes in Chemung County and served many more with our home repair program. We are dedicated to restoring a sense of community with the common goal of strong neighborhoods and dignity through homeownership.


A 2015 housing project in the City of Elmira 


We are part of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI)—a nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Chemung County Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.