Quick Facts

Habitat International

  • Habitat was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller with the goal of eliminating poverty housing.
  • Owners contribute sweat equity and pay back the costs at no profit and no interest.
  • Mortgage payments are used to build more homes.
  • Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter are Habitat’s most famous volunteers.
  • In 2009 Habitat was recognized as the 8th largest home builder in the USA according to the Builder Magazine.
  • Habitat has built over 75,000 homes in the USA and 500,000 homes worldwide (in 90 countries).
  • Habitat has over 1,500+ affiliates in the United States, as well as other affiliates throughout the world. The operational headquarters is located in Americus, Georgia and administrative headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia.

What are Habitat affiliates?

  • Affiliates are community-level Habitat for Humanity offices that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International.
  • Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area.

What is Sweat Equity?

“Sweat equity” means labor put in at construction sites where family members age 16 or older work together with volunteers to build or renovate houses. Habitat provides the necessary skills, and the family’s friends and relatives can put in as many as 200 of the 500 hours required. Family members can also earn hours by attending home maintenance workshops, working at the Habitat ReStore or office, and attending monthly training sessions

How are partner families selected?

  • Families in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates.
  • The affiliate’s family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan.
  • Every affiliate follows a non-discriminatory policy of family selection.
  • Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.

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