Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Habitat works in partnership with volunteers to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need, Habitat’s partner families, at no profit and with affordable interest rates. Partner families invest hundreds of hours of their own labor – sweat equity – into building their home and receiving training on home ownership and financial planning and budgeting. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving fund that is used to build more houses.
Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda, and headquartered in Americus GA. HFHI’s work in the United States is accomplished by affiliates like Roane County Habitat. Habitat affiliates are independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that are organized by local citizens and operate with local volunteers. There are more than 1,800 U.S. affiliates spread among all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers provide most of the labor, and faithful individual and corporate donors provide the money and materials to build Habitat houses.
Habitat’s mission statement is "Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.". Habitat has taken its vision of a world with a decent place to live for everyone to 70 nations. As of September 2019, HFHI has built or rehabbed over 800,000 simple, decent, affordable houses around the globe.