An amazing accomplishment
This week, Habitat for Humanity marks a major milestone in our history when we raise the walls on our 800,000th home. Since our homebuilding program began in 1976 as a way to move families out of poverty housing and into simple, decent homes of their own, Habitat’s work around the world has only sped up.
- In 2000, 26 years after the organization was founded, Habitat put the final touches on its 100,000th home in New York City.
- Just five years later, Habitat completed its 200,000th home built in partnership with a family in Knoxville, Tenn.
- Only three years passed before Habitat completed its 300,000th milestone home in Naples, Fla.
- Another three years passed, and Habitat surpassed half a million homes built. The 500,000th home was dedicated in Maai Mahiu, Kenya.
It’s hard to believe that we marked our last milestone home only two years ago. Each milestone home allows us to reflect on how far we’ve come. With an average of five people per Habitat home, we estimate that 4 million people have improved their living conditions through Habitat since we were founded.
This 800,000th home milestone is an amazing accomplishment, and we are excited to be on track to serve a million families through new home construction, home renovation or critical home repair by the end of 2015.
This milestone also complements our new strategic plan that focuses on:
- Improving housing conditions for the escalating number of low-income families worldwide.
- Supporting and influencing partner organizations to increase access to shelter and advocate for affordable housing policies.
- Mobilizing the hands, hearts and voices of volunteers in the cause of adequate and affordable housing.
All of this would not be possible, of course, without our hardworking volunteers and supporters who help us complete, on average, a Habitat home every four minutes in one of the 70 countries where we work. We couldn’t have made it this far without the global network of people who care about communities and make a positive difference every day. We thank all of the families, volunteers, donors, corporate sponsors and supporters who have helped us on our journey as we build toward 1 million and beyond.
Follow our updates on social media as we raise the walls on the 800,000th house Nov. 6 in Atlanta. Learn more about what this milestone represents, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to experience the celebration.