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Habitat for Humanity's Story

Habitat for Humanity was first imagined at a Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia.   Clarence Jordan a farmer and biblical scholar founded Habitat in 1942 by creating his Koinonia Farm into a committed community. In 1973  Jordan along with Millard and Linda Fuller developed the concept of “partnership housing,” which emphasized people working side by side to build decent affordable homes. From that idea Habitat for Humanity was formed.  In 1976 Habitat had grown in to Habitat for Humanity International which now has affiliates working in more than 1,400 communities and 70 countries.  


Habitat, and its affiliates, is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.


Habitat is founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

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