What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to helping poor families build homes of their own. It was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976, and has already built around 400,000 homes all over the world.
Habitat for Humanity builds houses from various donations worldwide. It also seeks the help of volunteers and “partner” families in building and/or repairing homes. But the main concept is not just giving out these homes to the poor families, but also to involve them in the building process of not only their home but also of their lives. Recipient or partner families are still expected to pay for their homes in the form of down payment and mortgage fees but at a “no-profit” price. Families are also given access to very affordable loans so they can take care of their monthly dues. These payments are then used again to build more houses for other families in need.
Families who wish to have a home built will only need to apply at any Habitat for Humanity affiliate. These affiliates will then screen family applicants and check on the family’s level of need, their willingness to be partners with the organization, and their financial capacity to repay loans. Though Habitat for Humanity is a Christian organization, the partner-family selection process does not include religion or race as criteria.
Each Habitat for Humanity affiliate is a non-profit organization itself. They are based in a particular community and coordinate its activities with the international organization. These activities may include finding the right location for building homes, fund-raising efforts, and/or servicing of mortgage payments.
Today, Habitat for Humanity operates in all 50 states of the US, Puerto Rico, Guam, and about a dozen other countries. It holds two headquarter offices in the state of Georgia in the US – Americus for operations and Atlanta for administration.