Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Habitat works in partnership with people in need 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 no interest charged. Partner families invest hundreds of hours of their own labor – sweat equity – into building their home and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity 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. Habitat affiliates are independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that are organized by local citizens and operate with locals and 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 is to eliminate poverty housing from the earth. Habitat has taken its vision of a world with no more shacks to 53 nations. As of September 2000, HFHI has completed over 100,000 simple, decent, affordable houses around the globe, and plans to complete another 100,000 by 2005.
Roane County Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat International.