About Habitat Worldwide
HFHI (Habitat for Humanity Internation) Summary
Habitat for Humanity International is
a nonprofit Christian housing ministry
that seeks to eliminate poverty housing
and homelessness from the world,
and to make decent shelter a matter of
conscience and action. Habitat invites
people from all walks of life to work
together in partnership to help build
houses with families in need. Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses around the world, providing 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda.
Where does HFHI operate?
There are now more than 3,000 affiliates in nearly 90 countries around the world. HFHI?s offices, located around the world, provide training and a variety of support services to Habitat national organizations and affiliates. The headquarters offices are in Americus and Atlanta, Georgia, USA, along with the area office for the United States and Canada. Other area offices are in San Jose, Costa Rica, for Latin America and the Caribbean; Bratislava, Slovakia, for Europe and Central Asia; Pretoria, South Africa, for Africa and the Middle East; and Bangkok, Thailand, for Asia and the Pacific.
How are donations distributed and used?
Gifts received by HFHI that are designated to a specific affiliate or building project are forwarded to that program or affiliate. Undesignated gifts are used where most needed and for HFHI administrative expenses. HFHI?s most recent audited financial statement is available upon request.
Who controls and manages HFHI?
A board of directors determines policy and oversees and guides the mission of Habitat for Humanity International. Board members are dedicated volunteers who are deeply concerned about the problems of poverty housing around the world. HFHI offices operate with an administrative staff, assisted by a core group of professional and support employees and supplemented by long- and short-term volunteers. Each Habitat for Humanity affiliate and national organization is managed by a local volunteer board.
How does Habitat work with the government?
Habitat realizes that local and national partnerships with
governments are important in creating affordable housing.
Habitat accepts government funds for infrastructure, utilities,
capacity building or training, and house building, so long
as the funds have no conditions that would violate Habitat?s
principles or limit its ability to proclaim its Christian identity.
For more information:
For more information about Habitat For Humanity International or to see what Habitat is doing all around the world, visit Habitat for Humanity International.
View Habitat History Timeline
Click here to read about the history of Habitat as well as to view a complete timeline of the Habitat organization from 1965 to the present.
Where is Habitat?
United States, all 50 states
District of Columbia,
Latin America and the Caribbean
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