About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller as a nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian housing ministry. HFHI works in partnership with God and people everywhere to build decent, affordable houses, thereby eliminating poverty housing and homelessness throughout the face of the earth. Since 1976, HFHI has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.
HFHI’s operational headquarters, located in Americus, Georgia, USA, and its administrative headquarters, located in Atlanta, Georgia, provide information, training and a variety of other support services to affiliates worldwide.
As an affiliate, Habitat for Humanity of Hood County (Habitat) was officially established in August 1996. With the generosity of churches, individuals, businesses, and faithful volunteers we build 4 to 5 houses per year; 2 in the fall and 2 to 3 in the winter/spring. Our Habitat affiliate stops building during the hot, Texas summer days. Typically, approximately 175 individuals are involved in construction of each Habitat house. In Hood County, Habitat builds 2, 3, or 4 bedroom houses depending on the family needs. The approximate cost to build in Hood County is $50,500.
Through volunteer labor and donations of money, materials, and services, Habitat builds simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. These houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable no-interest loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses. Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments for 20 years, homeowners invest hundreds of hours (a minimum of 300 hours) of their own labor—sweat equity—into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
Habitat’s work is accomplished at the community level, so as an affiliate, we are an independent, locally run, non-profit organization. Our affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat building in Hood County, including building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction, mortgage servicing, accounting, and fund raising. At our local affiliate, all of this work is accomplished by volunteers, since we have no paid staff.
Please visit the HFHI website for more information.
Click here to view the most recent statistical report about our Habitat affiliate.