Habitat for Humanity

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity, nonprofit ecumenical Christian organization that enables low-income people to own affordable, livable housing. Headquartered in Americus, Ga., it was founded in 1976 by former businessman Millard Fuller and his wife. Using donated materials and funds, those in need of shelter work alongside volunteers to build new homes or rehabilitate older structures. Finished dwellings are sold to participating families at no profit and are financed with no-interest mortgages; mortgage payments are then used to finance more housing. By the early 21st cent. Habitat had built more than 300,000 homes in more than 100 countries.

See M. Fuller, A Simple, Decent Place to Live (1995); J. P. Baggett, Habitat for Humanity (2000).

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