The Story of Habitat for Humanity
The story of Habitat for Humanity begins in 1976 in Americus, Georgia, when Millard and Linda Fuller became concerned about the people in their area living in 'poverty housing'. Internationally, Habitat for Humanity now operates in 100 countries, has built over 200,000 houses, and shelters 1 million children and adults around the globe. A new Habitat home is built every 8 minutes!
Habitat for Humanity Canada now has affiliates in every Canadian province and Territory.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa (Habitat GO) became an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada in 1993. As one of 55 affiliates in Canada, Habitat GO is responsible for raising its own funds, organizing volunteers and building homes for low-income, working families living in the National Capital Region. The first Habitat GO home was built in 1994.
Click here to read the history of Habitat GO.
Potential Habitat for Humanity partner families are low-income, working families living in inadequate housing and who are willing to put in 500 hours of "sweat equity." The Habitat model has homeowners making monthly payments on interest-free mortgages, which are 25% of their family income and includes taxes and insurance. Habitat believes that homeownership will help break the cycle of poverty facing many low-income working families.
Habitat for Humanity does not compete with other builders as Habitat services a clientele who could never afford to buy a house or qualify for a conventional mortgage.
Habitat for Humanity is funded through donations from volunteers, individuals, businesses, service clubs, foundations, manufacturers and distributors. Houses are built by volunteers, skilled trades people and journeymen who are caring individuals, enthusiastic about giving a family "a hand up, not a hand out". Manufacturers and distributors in the construction industry donate their products to help build houses and reduce costs.
The real miracle of Habitat is that it not only changes the lives of the families receiving the house, but it provides a tremendous sense of purpose and fulfillment for many volunteers and supporters.