Our History

Habitat for Humanity Portugal was founded by José Cruz Pinto, a local entrepreneur, who, inspired by the work of Habitat for Humanity International and the history of their founders Linda and Millard Fueller, gathered a group of friends and gave the first steps towards what is today Habitat for Humanity Portugal.

After several contacts and confirmation of the feasibility of the project, Habitat for Humanity Portugal was officially created in May 1996; and in October it was admitted as an official affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.

Our history has been built thanks to the unconditional support from several people that cherished our project throughout the years; without the mutual effort from volunteers, organizations, companies and families, it would not have been possible to pursue our mission.

In 2010 we finished our first project outside the Braga region, more precisely in Amarante, where we now have an office.

Unfortunately there are still numerous families that live in substandard housing and for that reason we will keep on fighting against poor housing conditions in Portugal.

What we do

Housing intervention

New home construction
The main objective of Habitat for Humanity Portugal is the construction or rehabilitation of low income family homes.

This way we are able to put into practice our vision: “A World where everyone has a decent place to live”

Habitat intervenes on the following situations:

-        New home construction

-        Rehabilitation

-        Repairs

-        Rebuilding

-        Incremental improvements

Raise awareness

The issue of poor housing conditions is far from solved, every day new cases of families living in undignified conditions are brought to our attention.

Our role is to raise awareness to this problem, not only through our work, but also by bringing to people’s attention cases of unacceptable living conditions.

Habitat is available to participate in any type of initiative that promotes this theme and shares it´s experience



General Assembly
President: Maria Teresa Queirós Vasconcelos Mota Neves da Costa
Vice-president: Paula Alexandra Correia Veloso da Veiga Benesch
Member: Cecília Maria Pires da Silva Lopes Espada

Fiscal Council
President: José Manuel Gonçalves
Vice-president:  Manuel António Macedo Cruz
Member: António Alberto Lobo Ferreira Gonçalves

Board of Directors
President: Helena Maria Vale Rego Vinhas Bastos Pina-Vaz
Vice- President: Maria José Costa Carvalho e Sousa
Tresurer: José Manuel Braga Ferreira
Member: Blandina Salgado Vieira
Member: Natália Maria Beça Fernandes Magalhães

Bernardino Machado Lopes
Florbela de Castro Ferreira
João Paulo Costa Oliveira
Ana Sofia da Costa Gonçalves
Helena Isabel Rodrigues Vieira

Construction Committee
João Paulo Oliveira
Helena Pina Vaz
Alberto Gonçalves
Alfredo Machado
Duarte Fernandes
Bernardino Lopes

Training/Communication/Image Committee
Rosália Louçano
Maria José Sousa
Alexandra Gonçalves
Sandra Conde

Families Committee
Carlos Rego
José Manuel Ferreira
Paula Cardoso
Silvia Camões

Fundraising Committee
Maria José Sousa
Luís Sousa
Carlos Rego
Andrea Duarte

Merchandising Committee
Dina Vieira
Isabel Vieira
Natália Beça

Family selection process

The selection of the families who will be supported by Habitat Portugal is conducted through a process that involves several structures of Habitat Portugal and that has as main goal a selection of families that have a real housing need.

This process begins with the filling of the application form by the family and the delivery of several documents that will be analyzed by the Families Committee.

Here you can download the application form, as well as the list of the required documents to return along with the application.


Habitat Portugal

Habitat for Humanity Portugal - Associação Humanitária Habitat is a Christian non-profit organization that dedicates itself to addressing the issue of poor housing conditions.  Since its foundation in 1996, Habitat Portugal served more than 80 families and sheltered around 250 people.

It is Habitat Portugal's belief that everyone has the right to a decent home, a vital element that contributes to a stable and healthy life.

Habitat for Humanity Portugal is an affiliate of  Habitat for Humanity International, an organization located in more than 70 countries which, since 1976, has helped more than 9.800.000  people worldwide, providing them with a decent, safe and affordable shelter.