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What is Habitat for Humanity International?

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability, and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries around the world. HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has helped more than 13.2 million people obtain a safer place to sleep at night. In fiscal year 2017, Habitat helped 3.5 million people improve their living conditions, and an additional 2.6 million now have the potential to do so, thanks to advocacy efforts and the information and training that Habitat provides.

What is a Habitat for Humanity ReStore?

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build strength, stability and self-reliance locally and around the world.

Does Habitat for Humanity only build new houses?

Habitat for Humanity works in a number of different ways to create decent, affordable housing.

  • In addition to new construction, Habitat also renovates existing homes in many communities, particularly in urban areas.
  • Habitat for Humanity helps people repair and improve their own homes and neighborhoods.
  • Habitat’s Disaster Response works with local communities to address a variety of housing needs after natural disasters.
  • Habitat’s advocacy work raises awareness and support for decent and affordable housing around the world.
  • Outside of North America, Habitat works with partner organizations to serve even more families through innovative financing methods.

Where does Habitat for Humanity operate?

Habitat for Humanity operates in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries around the world. Our operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia, and our administrative headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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