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More than 81,000 families helped in 2011

December 6, 2011

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Homeowner Nozuko Mema pictured in her Habitat house in the Mfuleni community in Cape Town, South Africa. Nozuko is one of the people that was helped to better housing this past year by Habitat for Humanity International - Habitat for Humanity/Steffan Hacker

ATLANTA (Dec. 6, 2011) — Habitat for Humanity helped 81,399 families improve their shelter conditions through new construction, rehabilitation and repairs during its 2011 fiscal year (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011) in nearly 80 countries around the world. This breaks Habitat’s previous record set in the last fiscal year of 74,960 families served.

Volunteers and supporters helped Habitat for Humanity serve more than 81,000 families during its 2011 fiscal year.

“We are so grateful to the volunteers and supporters who have enabled us to help tens of thousands of families around the world gain access to decent and affordable housing,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “With their ongoing support, we will continue to significantly increase the number of families served annually through our broad spectrum of programs.”

In Africa and the Middle East, Habitat for Humanity served 13,503 families in the year ending June 30th, 2011.

In addition to the assistance provided through its construction and repair programs, Habitat for Humanity also helped more than 6,000 families establish legal rights to a house or land and provided more than 157,000 individuals with technical assistance including legal help, financial literacy training, and construction advice and training.

A copy of Habitat for Humanity International’s fiscal year 2011 annual report, which gives a snapshot of Habitat’s work around the world, is now available online at here.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at http://www.facebook.com/habitat or at http://www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.