Millard Fuller and Clarence Jordan

Timeline and milestones

Explore Habitat for Humanity International’s rich history – its beginnings, growth and milestones.

1942-1970

1942

The Jordan and England families found Koinonia Farm, a community where all people are treated equally, resources are shared and great responsibility is placed on being wise stewards of land and natural resources. Koinonia supports its work and community by selling what they grow and produce: eggs, chickens, milk and hogs.

1950

The Jordan family and other Koinonians are excommunicated from Rehoboth Southern Baptist Church for their views on racial equality.

1956

Boycott of Koinonia products by the local business community begins and continues until the mid-1960s.

Koinonia's mail order business begins.

1957

Clarence Jordan receives letter of support from Martin Luther King Jr.

1968

The Fund for Humanity is created.

1969

The first partnership house is completed in Sumter County, Georgia.
 

1970s

1973

Millard and Linda Fuller move from Koinonia, taking the principles of Partnership Housing and the Fund for Humanity to Africa.

1976

The Fullers return from Africa, and Habitat for Humanity is formed with headquarters in Americus, Georgia.

Construction begins on the first house in San Antonio, Texas, Habitat's first affiliate.

The first partnership houses are completed in Zaire.

1977

Clive Rainey joins Habitat for Humanity International as its first volunteer.

Habitat for Humanity International is formally incorporated under the laws of the state of Georgia, March 18.

1978

San Antonio, Texas, becomes the first U.S. Habitat affiliate outside of Georgia.

1979

Habitat headquarters moves from Millard Fuller's law office to a renovated house next door.

The first Habitat house in Americus is built.

Guatemala becomes the first Habitat affiliate in Latin America.
 

1980s

1981

Habitat celebrates its fifth anniversary with a total of 14 U.S. and seven international affiliates. Houses built: 342.

1983

Habitat declares the third Sunday in September as the first International Day of Prayer and Action for Human Habitat.

Habitat celebrates its seventh anniversary in Indianapolis, Indiana.

1984

Habitat World, a publication about Habitat's work, is introduced.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn become Habitat partners. The first Jimmy Carter Work Project is held in New York City.

The tithe program is written into Habitat's U.S. affiliate covenant.

1986

The first Habitat affiliate in Canada is approved.

Habitat for Humanity International celebrates its 10th anniversary with a 1,000-mile walk from Americus, Georgia, to Kansas City, Missouri. The walk is led by Millard and Linda Fuller.

1987

Habitat for Humanity International headquarters moves to 121 Habitat Street in Americus.

The Habitat for Humanity International board of directors approves the Youth Programs department. The first campus chapter is at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

1988

Habitat celebrates its 12th anniversary with a 1,200-mile walk from Portland, Maine, to Atlanta, Georgia.
The first affiliate in Australia is founded.

High school students become a part of the Youth Programs family when Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia, forms the first secondary school campus chapter.

Habitat's Global Village short-term mission program, which offers vacation builds around the world, is established. The Global Village and Corporate Donor departments are established.
 

1990s

1990

Abilene, Texas becomes the 500th U.S. affiliate.

The first international Campus Chapter begins at the University of Technology in Lae, Papua New Guinea.

1991

Habitat's 10,000th house is built. Ernestine Higgins in Atlanta, Georgia, is the proud homeowner.

Habitat's first all women-built house is completed in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The first Habitat ReStore opens in Winnipeg, Canada. Habitat ReStores are retail outlets where quality used and surplus building materials donated from outside companies and organizations are sold at a fraction of normal prices. Proceeds from ReStores help local affiliates fund the construction of Habitat houses within the community.

1992

The first Native American affiliate is approved to address the desperate need for decent housing throughout America's Indian reservations.

The Sumter County Initiative begins with the goal to eliminate poverty housing in Americus and Sumter County, Georgia, by the year 2000.

U.S. President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore work on a Habitat for Humanity house in Atlanta, Georgia.

The first Habitat ReStore in the United States opens in Austin, Texas.

1993

Habitat completes its 20,000th house worldwide during a 20-house blitz build in Americus, Georgia.

Habitat for Humanity International's board of directors establishes a Department of Environment within the organization that later becomes the Construction and Environmental Resources department. The department provides resources to educate Habitat affiliates on how to build the best quality houses at the lowest possible cost.

The Entebbe Initiative is approved, putting more responsibility for Habitat building outside the United States into the hands of national partners. Affiliates around the world are expected to tithe on the funds raised locally.

Habitat's Church Relations department is formed.

1994

The first Jimmy Carter Work Project on an American Indian reservation is held in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.

Habitat is named the 17th largest homebuilder in the United States.

Habitat completes its 30,000th house worldwide with a blitz build in Americus, Georgia.

1995

Habitat for Humanity International headquarters moves to a renovated three-story complex at 322 West Lamar Street in downtown Americus.

Habitat celebrates the first Building on Faith observance—a campaign designed to involve the faith community in Habitat's work—with the dedication of its 40,000th house.

1996

Habitat dedicates its 50,000th house worldwide in Pensacola, Florida. The 50,001st house is celebrated in Mexico City. The house also represents the 6,500th Habitat house built in Mexico.

Habitat for Humanity begins building in its 50th nation, Romania.

Jimmy Carter Work Project participants—500 strong—gather in Vác, Hungary, to build 10 houses.

India's first affiliate, HFH Khammam, celebrates its 12th anniversary and dedicates its 1,000th house.

1997

Oprah Winfrey launches her "Build an Oprah House" Project.

Habitat's 60,000th house is dedicated in Dallas, Texas.

Leaders of the United States Congress kick off National Homeownership Week by beginning work with Habitat on "The Houses That Congress Built."

Habitat celebrates 10 years of formal partnership with students through its Youth Programs department.

1998

Habitat's 500th campus chapter, St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, dedicates the 100th house built by college and high school students.

Habitat's 70,000th house is dedicated in Canton, Ohio.

Habitat for Humanity International officially forms the Women Build department.

1999

Habitat's former headquarters building at 121 Habitat Street is renamed the Clarence Jordan Center in honor of Clarence Jordan, a founder and leader of Koinonia Farm, where Jordan and Millard Fuller introduced the concept of "partnership housing," making Koinonia the inspiration for Habitat.

Habitat's 80,000th house is dedicated in Mexico City.

The Women Build department's first formal initiative, First Ladies Build, brings together women governors and first ladies in each of the 50 states to build houses with families in need.

The Jimmy Carter Work Project in the Philippines is the largest Carter Work Project ever, with 14,000 volunteers from 32 countries building 293 houses.

A new program, the 21st Century Challenge, encourages communities to set a date by which they will eliminate poverty housing in their areas.

Habitat relocates its Latin America Caribbean office from Americus, Georgia to San José, Costa Rica, to move services closer to the field.

Habitat volunteers, staff and partners families join forces for the Easter Morning Blitz Build, where 25 houses are constructed in one week.
 

2000s

2000

Habitat's 100,000th house is dedicated in September in New York City.

Victory is declared over substandard housing in Americus and throughout Sumter County, Georgia.

Decentralization continues as the Asia Pacific office moves to Bangkok, Thailand, and the Africa Middle East office moves to Pretoria, South Africa

2001

Habitat celebrates its 25th anniversary in Indianapolis, Indiana, with a blitz build, resulting in the completion of 25 houses. Celebrations also include a World Leaders Build with entertainment, workshops and the Global Leaders Conference, in which representatives from various countries gathered to discuss successes, challenges and innovations. U.S. President George W. Bush works on a Habitat for Humanity home in Tampa, Florida.

Women Build launches its second program, "Women Building A Legacy," through which state first ladies, celebrities and women from all walks of life swing hammers to address the problem of children in poverty.

Millard and Linda Fuller travel to Uganda and several other African nations to celebrate the 20,000th house built on the continent of Africa.

2002

A team of volunteers in Shelby County, Alabama, break the record for the fastest Habitat house build(video), completed in just 3 1/2 hours.

Habitat builds its tallest Habitat building, a five-story condominium, in San Francisco, California.

2003

Habitat for Humanity opens the Global Village & Discovery Center in Americus, Georgia, which displays replicas of Habitat houses from around the world. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former Zambia President Kenneth David Kaunda are in attendance.

Building on the Dream is introduced as an annual event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy.

Habitat's 150,000th house is built in Romania. The 50,000th U.S. and Latin America house milestone is reached.

2004

Habitat for Humanity International and the United Nations Human Settlements Program partner to address urban poverty and disaster relief issues in developing countries.

Habitat for Humanity International reaches its 100-country goal.

Habitat is featured in the 2004 edition of America's Greatest Brands.

Habitat celebrates the 10th anniversary of Building on Faith.

Habitat celebrates its 800th campus chapter worldwide at the International School Manila in the Philippines.

2005

Habitat for Humanity International's board of directors names Jonathan T.M. Reckford to serve as the organization's new chief executive officer.

In Knoxville, Tennessee, Habitat celebrates the construction of its 200,000th house, providing safe and decent shelter for 1 million people since its founding in 1976.

Habitat for Humanity launches its new logo.

In El Salvador, 45 churches from around the world blitz build 20 houses to launch Habitat's largest international church campaign to date—building 500 houses within five years in that country.

Habitat for Humanity International establishes a national Cars for Homes vehicle donation program.

Habitat launches Operation Home Delivery to help provide assistance and rebuild along the U.S. Gulf Coast in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Habitat for Humanity Jamaica assists victims of Hurricane Ivan, providing houses for more than 210 families in five communities.

2006

The 1,000th tsunami-recovery house constructed in Sri Lanka is dedicated.

Habitat hosts a leadership conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, in celebration of 30 years of building decent, affordable shelter in partnership with families in need.

Women Build kicks off "First Families Building Homes Across America," an initiative that unites governors' spouses and other local and statewide leaders and women volunteers to construct Habitat homes in every U.S. state and the District of Columbia.

Habitat for Humanity announces that in the two years since the deadly Indian Ocean tsunami, the organization has assisted nearly 10,000 families with permanent housing in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

2007

Habitat celebrates the construction of its 1,000th and 1,001st hurricane-recovery houses built along the U.S. Gulf Coast in May.

Habitat relocates its Europe Central Asia office from Budapest, Hungary to Bratislava, Slovakia.

More than 60 volunteers gather in Archbishop Desmond Tutu's name to build 12 houses in seven days as part of the first Desmond Tutu Community Build.

Habitat is named the 16th largest homebuilder in the United States.

The Youth Programs department celebrates its 20th year with a youth leadership conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

2008

The 25th annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project is held on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Habitat celebrates the construction of its 50,000th house in Africa and the Middle East.

Habitat's 300,000th house is built in Naples, Florida.

Habitat is named the 14th largest homebuilder in the U.S. and the 14th top charitable organization.

2009

Habitat for Humanity unveils its Build Louder advocacy campaign, which focuses on neighborhood revitalization and secure tenure policies.

Collegiate Challenge celebrates its 20th anniversary in Miami. In those 20 years, more than 166,000 students have raised $15.5 million for affordable housing.

Habitat World magazine celebrates 25 years and receives top honors at the Magazine Association of the Southeast’s annual GAMMA awards.

Habitat for Humanity is ranked as the largest private homebuilder in the U.S. and the 11th largest overall homebuilder, according to Builder Magazine’s 2008 Builder 100 list.

Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative is introduced to encourage holistic community development.

Habitat and The Home Depot Foundation announce national expansion of “Partners in Sustainable Building,” a program to help more than 5,000 Habitat families build green homes.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Washington, D.C., as part of a 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter helps launch If I Had a Hammer, a new book about Habitat for young readers.

Approximately 3,000 volunteers help build or repair 166 houses during the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project: Mekong Build 2009. Work was done in Thailand, China, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

Habitat helps more than 61,000 low-income families around the world with new or improved housing in 2009.
 

2010s

2010

After a devastating earthquake strikes Haiti, Habitat pledges to help 50,000 Haitian families improve their shelter conditions.

Habitat assists in earthquake cleanup and reconstruction after an 8.0-magnitude earthquake hits Chile, 200 miles southwest of Santiago.

2010 U.S. Olympians help Habitat build six homes in Washington, D.C., as part of Olympic Build Day.

Habitat ranks No. 8 on the Builder 100 list, marking the first time it has been among the top 10 biggest homebuilders in the United States.

Five years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Habitat marks the completion of 2,219 homes built, 994 homes repaired and 2,500 houses cleaned of debris in the region.

Former President and First Lady Carter kick off the 27th annual Carter Work Project on World Habitat Day, joining 1,000 volunteers to build, rehabilitate and repair 86 homes in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; and Birmingham, Alabama.

Habitat has rehabilitated, repaired or helped build more than 400,000 houses and served more than 2 million people worldwide.

2011

Habitat is recognized as one of the most innovative international development organizations by being selected as a Devex Top 40 Development Innovator.

The first Habitat for Humanity volunteers travel to Japan to assist families affected by the March 11, 2011 earthquake.

Habitat is named the sixth largest homebuilder in the United States.

Habitat’s national Cars for Homes vehicle donation program reaches a $10 million milestone in funds raised for Habitat affiliates since its inception in 2003.

Steve Thomas, the Emmy Award-winning television personality and former host of home improvement shows "This Old House" and "Renovation Nation," becomes a spokesperson for Habitat.

Volunteers for the 28th annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project help build more than 100 homes with earthquake-affected families in Léogâne, Haiti.

Habitat helps more than 81,000 low-income families around the world with new or improved housing in 2011.

Habitat staff and volunteers built the 500,000th house in Maai Mahiu, Kenya.

2012

Two years after the Haiti earthquake, Habitat has helped more than 40,000 families through emergency, transitional and permanent housing solutions.

Habitat is named the sixth largest homebuilder in the United States for the second year in a row.

2013

On Nov. 6, 2013, Habitat celebrated its 800,000th house built, rehabilitated and repaired. The milestone was marked as Habitat announced that — for the first time in the organization’s history — more than 100,000 families had been served in a single fiscal year.

2014 – 2016

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