Thousand Islands Area Habitat for Humanity has been chartered by Habitat for Humanity, International to provide service to Jefferson County and Lewis County, New York State.

We have had house projects in Depaulville, NY; Lowville, NY; and Carthage, NY. But most projects have been in the City Of Watertown. The reason behind our focus to the City of Watertown has been due to a donation of multiple properties to the affiliate during the development of an apartment complex. The advantages included no cost to acquire the property, as well as having utility services readily available.

In the fall of 2014 we began a house construction project at an old factory site in Carthage, NY. This is a partnership between the Village of Carthage, Jefferson County, Carthage Federal Savings and Loan, as well as many other organizations. The intent is to redevelop the site into 6 new houses. The first two houses were completed by January 2016 and the third house was completed in June 2017. Our fourth house will begin construction in summer 2019.

As we move into the future, TIA Habitat has expanded our program services in an effort to help an increasing number of people with their housing needs. The Board of Directors approved a new Brush with Kindness program that will allow us to serve existing homeowners who need support with projects such as installing wheel chair ramps, repairing unsafe steps or porches, and other external home repairs.

Our programs would not be possible without the collaboration of volunteers across Jefferson and Lewis counties, as well as donors and company sponsors. If you are interested in learning how you can make a difference through donating or volunteering, please call us or email

What Are Habitat Houses Like?

Simple, decent and affordable.

Habitat houses around the world are built according to the same 3 guiding principles:


Thousand Islands Area Habitat for Humanity houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.They typically near 1500 square feet in size, single story, with handicap adaptable design features.

Thousand Islands Area Habitat for Humanity has three standardized house floor plans, that include 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom sizes. Property has been donated to the affiliate by local municipalities. Each house is designed based on the family’s needs of number of people, difference in children ages and any handicap needs of a family member. Partner families are able to make choices of the siding colors, interior paint colors or even kitchen cabinets.The affiliate reserves the right to limit any option that a partner family may request about their design.


Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture. Our Houses have to meet New York State Residential Building Codes and local zoning regulations. A Building Permits and Certificate of Occupancy are issued for every house. Houses have to meet Energy Code standards. We have had houses in the past, that we applied and received Energy Star Certification.

Habitat for Humanity’s commitment to build with people in need readily extends to those with disabilities. When possible, Habitat houses incorporate basic accessible design features, such as a zero-step entrance and wide passage doors and hallways. Houses built in partnership with families with disabilities include additional accessibility features.


The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.

This home is more than a house. It is a home with love, built with love and hope and dreams, because of Habitat for Humanity. You’ve given our family hope – no matter how bad things get or have been in the past. God has blessed our family with the caring, supportive, concerned, kind people at Habitat.

– a Habitat for Humanity partner family