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About Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity

Founded in 1999, Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity revitalizes neighborhoods, builds affordable and sustainable homes, and empowers families through successful homeownership. Habitat welcomes people from all walks of life to partner in serving families in need and creating a better community for everyone who lives here.


We work with qualified, low-to-moderate income families to help them realize the dream of owning their own home. We do this through a hand-up, not hand-out model in which homeowners help to build and then buy their home from Habitat. Additionally, Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity offers home repair services to low-to-moderate income homeowners, using the same affordable payment and sweat equity model.

Our Mission

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Our vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live. Through shelter, we empower. Our shared vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. And every single one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future.



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



Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin or sexual orientation in its hiring of employees or in any of the programs or activities which it operates.

The Beloved Community is fair. The Beloved Community is just. And the Beloved Community is built on love.


Not just any love, but as Dr. King said “the love of God operating in the human heart.” That’s a practical love that requires participation. When that love is truly and fully present, it compels us to act.



Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is central and imperative for Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity. We believe in a world where everyone — no matter who we are or where we come from — deserves a decent place to live. And we recognize that, to create this world, our work must always break down barriers, bring people of all backgrounds together, and generate equity, respect, and lasting change. Our DEIB Policy






Disaster Relief


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Impact Stories

6 International Homes Built

Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity has been a partner of Habitat for Humanity Guatemala since 2009. Throughout this partnership, the affiliate has tithed over $60,000 toward reducing the housing deficit in Guatemala, impacting families through the construction of homes, the creation of smokeless stoves, the donation of water filters, and the act of building hygienic latrines.   Today in Guatemala, there is a housing deficit of over 1.6 million homes that must be improved or constructed. Earthquakes, tropical storms, political turmoil, extreme poverty, and problems with land ownership, as well as legal and financial aspects, all play a role in this housing deficit. Because of your support, we have been able to help with new construction and improvements to existing homes.  We also have supported families in extreme poverty through projects such as the Healthy Kit and along with technical assistance through training.   Our tithe to Habitat Guatemala has been part of the solution to help more than 110,000 families have to improve their living conditions, which means a direct contribution to reducing the housing deficit by 6.06%.


Irene, a Brick resident, found herself needing to repair broken steps as well as install a ramp for her two adult handicapped children that she cares for.  Irene called Northern Ocean Habitat for help.  While assessing Irene's home, our construction team also found that the front door needed to be replaced and the bathroom needed a handicap-accessible shower.  Our Habitat faithful volunteers helped to transform Irene's home to make it handicap-accessible for her and her sons, by building new stairs, replacing the front door, and installing a handicap-accessible shower.  The family now has the freedom to move about their home without limitations.


"Thank you, Habitat!"


Northern Ocean Habitat's Veteran Repair Program helped Don, a 72-year-old Vietnam Veteran that suffered a stroke. All the windows of his mobile home in Toms River had to be screwed shut every winter so that they would stay closed.  He was only able to open one window in the summer because it was too difficult to take all the screws out.  With the help of volunteers and Congressman Andy Kim, all the windows were replaced and Don is now able to enjoy fresh air in his home again.


"I couldn't open the windows anymore. I had to screw them shut during the winter. It's not safe. God Bless them for doing this.


Late summer of 2020, Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity kept a date with 21 Plus, a nonprofit residential home for special needs adults. Through the Critical Home Repair and Brush with Kindness programs, our core group of volunteers, Bill Dudeck, Arnie Oftedal, and Jeff Dickert, showed up on the beautiful summer day to fix doors, siding, and windows.


“Last year, we power-washed the front of the house,” Arnie said. “It still looks great!” All smiles, resident Margaret, sat at a table with Michelle, a member of the staff, and her housemates sharing a snack. Still making a difference amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the guys socially distanced while working and posed for a quick photo to mark another successful repair for our special residents.

Areas we serve

  • Bay Head
  • Beachwood
  • Berkeley
  • Brick
  • Island Heights
  • Jackson
  • Lakehurst
  • Lakewood
  • Lavallette
  • Manchester
  • Mantoloking
  • Ocean Gate
  • Pine Beach
  • Plumsted Township
  • Pt. Pleasant Beach
  • Point Pleasant
  • Seaside Heights
  • Seaside Park
  • South Toms River
  • Toms River
  • Whiting