The Habitat Chronicles
A few moments in time from Habitat's first 35 years.
Partnership housing model created at Koinonia, the seed for Habitat's birth eight years later.
The Torres family first to partner with a U.S. Habitat affiliate in San Antonio, Texas.
The first Jimmy & Rosalyn Carter Work Project renovates a 19-unit apartment building in New York City.
Habitat's Global Village and Youth Programs created, engaging new volunteers.
Habitat's first U.S. resale outlet opens in Austin, Texas. Now 100's of ReStores recycle building materials and build more houses.
Habitat's 100,000th home dedicated in New York City.
Habitat celebrates its 200,000th house, providing shelter for 1 million people since 1976.
National Women Build Week premieres the same year as Habitat's long-term "Build Louder" advocacy campaign.
Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative introduced in U.S. to encourage holistic community development.
House No. 600,000 built.
The mission continues....!
Shelter from rain, wind and sun is a basic human need.
Habitat for Humanity provides decent, affordable houses to families in need. Habitat homeowners gain self-respect as they work alongside volunteers to construct their homes.
In fiscal year 2012, Habitat for Humanity helped 94,618 families improve their living conditions and change their lives. We know that decent shelter can have a transformational, long-term impact on individual families and entire communities, because we have seen it more than 600,000 times since Habitat started building houses in 1976.
As highlighted in Habitat's Annual Report, the people behind those numbers – the determined families, the generous donors, the tireless volunteers – are living testament to the simple but powerful foundation of Habitat's work.
Every 5½ minutes, somewhere in the world, Habitat for Humanity is helping a family improve their living situation – through construction, repairs, rehabs or incremental building. If you've given money to Habitat, you're a critical part of that success story.
Habitat affiliates are located Worldwide, in nearly 90 countries and in all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Click to learn about Vermont affiliates.
Habitat International – Goals for FY 2012 (Click to download full report.) It takes less than two minutes to download.
1. Serving families—and the communities in which they live—through sustainable housing solutions.
A. Expanding the spectrum of housing solutions.
B. Revitalizing neighborhoods by responding to community needs with an expanded array of housing products, services and partnerships, enhancing the quality of life for all.
C. Promoting sustainable building practices using methods and products that create energy-efficient homes, reducing partner family expenses and lessening environmental impact.
2. Raising funds from individuals, major donors, corporations, government and other partners, as well as through Habitat ReStores.
3. Mobilizing volunteers through a variety of local, national and international programs.
4. Being good stewards of resources through quality assurance and financial sustainability.
Each year the United Nations designates the first Monday in October as World Habitat Day a time to recognize the need for adequate housing for everyone. Help us stand up in our community on Oct. 7 and help us get out the message that housing plays a pivotal role in lifting families out of poverty and creating strong communities. The ripple effects of our actions can change lives for generations to come.
Consider what actions you think would be good for our affiliate to take in support of affordable housing on World Habitat Day. Help us to raise our collective voices to promote policies and systems that help the vulnerable in our societies access the security of tenure and the resources needed to improve their own living conditions.
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