Habitat for Humanity
for Humanity International was started in the 1970's with a mission to provide
affordable housing to low-income families. Since then, Habitat has grown to include
over 1,200 affiliates and ranks as one of the nation's largest builders.
Habitat for Humanity has built around 50 thousand homes and say they've provided
about 300,000 people with safe, decent, affordable shelter.
Habitat chapters are "autonomous" groups that build houses in their communities.
They raise money to acquire land and materials, recruit a workforce of volunteers,
select homeowners and provide them with interest-free mortgages.
are chosen from a pool of candidates that meet income, residency, and ownership
criteria. They are required to invest 300 to 500 hours of "sweat equity" labor
in Habitat projects before assuming complete ownership.
materials are often donated by corporate sponsors and local suppliers. Good quality
materials that aren't expensive to maintain/repair are prerequisites so building
costs and subsequent house payments are affordable.
for Humanity International: 121 Habitat Street, Americus, GA 31709-3498, 800-HABITAT
or 912-924-6935, www.habitat.org