What is Habitat for Humanity?
- A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry.
- We seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
- To accomplish these goals, we invite people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.
- Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda.
- Today, we have built over 500,000 houses around the world, providing more than 3 million people in 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.
How does it work?
- Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and repairs simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner (partner) families.
- Habitat is not a giveaway program. Partner families agree to a down payment and a monthly payment plan to payback material costs. Homeowners invest numerous hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building/repairing their Habitat house and the houses of others.
- Habitat’s new builds are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans.
- The partner family’s monthly mortgage payments are used to build/repair more Habitat houses.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.