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
As an affiliate, Habitat for
(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
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
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 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
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
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.
In October 2011 Habitat for Humanity of Hood County adopted the new mission vision, statement, and principles as presented by Habitat for Humanity International. Click here to read the document.
Click here to view the most recent statistical report about our Habitat affiliate.