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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-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-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. No matter who we are or where we come from, everyone wants a decent life. Everyone wants to feel strength and stability day after day. We want to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures. At Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity, this is what unites us. Through shelter, we empower. Our shared vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Because you, me, we – we’re all human. And every single one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future.

Impact Stories






Disaster Relief


Volunteer Hours
in 2020

6 International Homes Built

Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity has been a partner of Habitat for Humanity Guatemala since 2009. Throughout this eight year partnership, the affiliate has tithed $56,420 towards 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%.


Late summer of 2020, Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity kept a date with 21 Plus, a non-profit residential home for special needs adults in Pine Beach. Through the Home Preservation and Neighborhood Revitalization Program, 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 Virus, the guys remained socially distanced while working and posed for a quick photo to mark another successful repair for our special residents.



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.

Areas we serve

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