Introduction and Background
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Habitat for Humanity International seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Since its founding in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International has built and rehabilitated more than 100,000 houses with families in need, becoming the world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing. The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity International was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian farming community founded in 1942 outside of Americus, Georgia, by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan. The Fullers first visited Koinonia in 1965, having recently left a successful business in Montgomery, Alabama. Millard Fuller’s primary objective throughout college and his early life was to accumulate as much wealth as possible. During these years, that objective was accomplished, only to be abandoned for a new life of Christian service.
In September 1976, Millard and Linda called together a group of supporters to discuss the future of their dream. Habitat for Humanity International was born at this meeting and Habitat's first headquarters in Americus, Georgia. The first U.S. Habitat house built outside of Georgia was completed in 1979 in San Antonio, Texas. In 1984, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn become Habitat partners and have since sponsored annual Jimmy Carter Work Projects. The Habitat for Humanity International headquarters moved to 121 Habitat Street in Americus in 1987; a building largely constructed by volunteers and designed for office use with the capability of being converted to volunteer housing later.
In the late 80s and early 90s, the methods and quality of Habitat’s housing has been called into question. The houses built by Habitat wer...