What is Self-Help Housing?

Mutual Self-Help Housing consists of families working together to build their own homes. With the assistance of a skilled staff, an association of generally 4 to 10 families is formed. These families provide at least 65% of the labor necessary to build the homes.

Find an organization near you!

There's approximately 100 organizations nationwide participating in the Mutual Self-Help Housing Program.

What do Self-Help houses look like?

See our photo gallery of various Mutual Self-Help Housing projects across the country. From the construction process to the finished product - a home!

Videos of Self-Help Housing

Watch videos from Mutual Self-Help Housing programs.

Upcoming Events

Mutual Self-Help Housing organizations from across the nation are celebrating the 50,000th house built in 50 years of this wonderful program.

families working together, building a future

The Self-Help Housing Program gives you the opportunity to build your own house. Working together with other families, you will learn valuable construction skills as you build your own house. There is no construction experience required because our construction supervisor will be there every step of the way. The months that you spend building your home can save you as much as $20,000, and there’s never a payment to make during construction.






50 Years of Self-Help Housing Commemorative Poster


Commemorative Poster

For a limited time only, you can buy commemorative posters celebrating 50 years, 50,000 homes in the Mutual Self-Help Housing program.

The posters are 18″ W x 24″ H and are printed on high quality, heavy stock. Click on the image to preview the poster.

Purchase posters for your board, your State’s federal legislative delegation, key supporters, staff appreciation, gifts to self help families, etc.


What is Self-Help Housing?

Mutual Self-Help Housing consists of families working together to build their own homes.

Find a Program Near You

With self-help housing organizations nationwide, you are certain to find a program near you.

Self-Help Housing Videos

View testimonials from past participants and suppliers that have worked with the self-help housing program.
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