What is Homes of Hope?

Homes of Hope’s global movement has been steadily gaining life- changing traction in transforming the lives of families in poverty via the gift of a new home since 1990. To date, over 100,000 individuals have volunteered to construct over 5400 homes for the needy in 21 countries. 

Led by Sean Lambert, the very first house was constructed by a team from the Los Angeles chapter of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in the poor community of El Florido, a suburb of Tijuana, Mexico. Upon gifting this initial new home to an impoverished family, Lambert’s young daughter, Andrea, just three years old at the time, pointed to another family living nearby in a rusty, dilapidated bus and asked, “Daddy, are you going to build a house for the bus people too?” Moved by his daughter’s plea, the ministry to which he and Janet would subsequently dedicate their lives was born. Shortly thereafter, the young Lambert family relocated south, launching the San Diego/Baja Mexico chapter of YWAM and its primary focus, Homes of Hope. Although originally inspired as “an offering to Jesus” by Lambert, the 2-3 daylong home builds themselves are open to all — anyone who has a heart to help the poor is welcome. 

How it works: Homes for the poor are built and funded by teams of volunteers offering their time and labor. Each house build takes 2-3 days. Some groups also choose to bless the families with furniture or shopping trip.

Who can build a Home of Hope? Participation in Homes of Hope is open to anyone who desires to serve the poor and needy in the area of housing. Youth With A Mission San Diego/Baja (Homes of Hope’s host organization) believes that everyone has the right to the 5 basics of life: food, water, shelter, health care, and clothing.

How are the families selected? Each family is selected on the criteria of need only and without discrimination of any kind. Key factors considered are: income, family size, present living conditions, and if the family has the title or rights to the land the house will be built upon. To obtain a Home of Hope families must go through an extensive application process. Once approved, they are required to prepare the home site for the new foundation, tear down their old structures, and work together with the visiting team on the building days. Homes of Hope is not primarily a house-building organization, it’s a people-building movement. We build homes for the poor because it changes people’s lives.

Details: YWAM San Diego/Baja is an independent 501-c3 nonprofit. Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is an international, interdenominational Christian missions movement launched in 1960 by Loren Cunningham. To learn more about Homes of Hope’s global housing mission to impoverished families, please visit www.YWAMHomesOfHope.org.


Affiliated Organizations:

Homes of Hope International

Homes of Hope International

Homes of Hope International is the parent organization of Homes of Hope which has helped over 5,300 impoverished families in 21 nations around the globe.

Hope Sports

Hope Sports

Hope Sports is a nonprofit organization with the purpose of uniting athletes to bring hope to the world.


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