A History of Habitat

Habitat for Humanity (HFH) International was founded in 1976 in Americus, Georgia by Millard and Linda Fuller.

Millard and Linda Fuller – Founders of HFH

Having left successful business careers to live a life of service, the Fuller’s designed HFH so that those in need of safe affordable housing work side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent homes. In his book, “Love in the Mortar Joints” Millard Fuller details the beginning years of HFH and shows that faith, hard work and direction gave HFH International the foundation needed to be a successful Housing Ministry. In 1984, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter participated in their first Habitat project. The inaugural  Jimmy Carter Work Project was held in New York City. The Carter’s brought national attention to Habitat and the work they were doing to eliminate substandard housing. Following this project, with the continued support of the Carters, HFH International saw a dramatic increase in new Habitat affiliates around the country. Today, Habitat for Humanity International is a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing. HFH International has helped build or repair more than 800,000 homes and served more than 4 million people around the world. In 1991, Habitat for Humanity of Washington County (HFHWC) was established. Our local affiliate has built 51 homes. Our families come from various backgrounds but all have one thing in common; a desire to work hard and give their families a better life by providing a safe place to call home.

Following the HFH International model our homeowners all work side by side with volunteers to build homes. In addition, they participate in eduction seminars and work community events. Our hope is to build not only safe affordable homes, but to build a stronger community. Together we can turn Hope into Homes and build a strong foundation for generations to come here in Washington County.


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