Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 as a Christian, nonprofit organization by Millard and Linda Fuller on Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial Christian community in Americus, Georgia. Their vision started with wanting everyone to have a decent place to live, and expanded to forming what was called "partnership housing", which was a non-profit house build using volunteers. The payment for the houses came from no-interest loans funded by supporters and fundraising events. This money then went to a fund called " The Fund for Humanity". The Fullers decided to then take this concept to developing countries and traveled to Mbandaka, Zaire. After three years of hardwork to start a house-building program, the Fullers returned to the U.S. successfully. Habitat for Humanity had gone global.
Since 1976, we have built or repaired over one million homes worldwide. Through Habitat, thousands of low-income families have found new hope with affordable housing. With over 1,400 local affiliates in the United States, we have helped over 5,000,000 people find new homes to continue their lives through. Habitat homes are affordable to low-income families due to financial support and labor provided by volunteers, businesses, faith organizations.
Volunteers are our future. Without the help of volunteers who help build and financially support this organization, none of this would be possible. Please join us in continuing to touch the lives of people around the world. As the organization grows, we can help more people in need. Check the Get Involved tab if you are a student at Georgia Tech to see how you can get involved and contact us with any questions. Otherwise, please check your local Habitat for Humanity page to see how you can make a difference.