" I see life as both a gift and a responsibility.
My responsibility is to use what God has
given me to help his people in need."
HFHI is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry seeking to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller with his wife Linda. The current CEO, Jonathan Reckford, came aboard in 2005 as Millard retired.
Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.
Habitat is a worldwide, grass-roots movement. There are more than 3,000 active affiliates in 98 countries, including all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1,000,000 people with safe, decent, affordable shelter.
Habitat for Humanity International is not a government agency. Habitat for Humanity's work is accomplished at the community level by affiliates -- independent, locally run, nonprofit organizations. Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area -- fund raising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction and mortgage servicing.
Habitat for Humanity International's Headquarters is located in Americus, GA, where HFHI was founded, and the Administrative Headquarters is located in Atlanta, GA, USA. HFHI provides information, training and a variety of other support services to Habitat affiliates worldwide.
All Habitat affiliates are asked to "tithe" -- to give 10 percent of their contributions to fund house-building work in other nations. Tithing provides much-needed funds for international building, and it also gives affiliates the opportunity to demonstrate the spirit of Christian partnership. In 2001, U.S. affiliates tithed $9.04 million to support Habitat's work overseas.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL
For more information on Habitat for Humanity International's work, please visit their website at http://www.habitat.org.