What is Habitat for Humanity?
- It's a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that has helped to build over 500,000 decent, affordable houses and served 2.5 million people worldwide.
- Their vision: a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
- Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda.
How are the 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 nondiscriminatory policy of family selection.
- Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.
How does Habitat work with the government?
- They ask legislators and housing regulators to increase support for affordable homeownership and eliminate poverty housing.
- They monitor public policies related to housing, community and international development.
- They advocate policy choices that increase access to decent, affordable housing for people around the world.
- They accept government funds as long as they have no conditions that would violate Habitat’s principles or limit its ability to proclaim its Christian identity.
How to become a volunteer?