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2011–Present Timeline: Building Blocks

2011
One year after the Haiti earthquake, Habitat announces that its Disaster Response program has benefited nearly 24,000 families through emergency, transitional and permanent housing solutions.
 
In October 2011, Habitat marks a major milestone when it dedicates its 500,000th house in Maai Mahiu, Kenya, and begins construction on its 500,001st house in Paterson, New Jersey.
2011
Lumber milled from the 2010 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is used by volunteers to help build a Habitat for Humanity home where the Exantus family, formally of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, will live.

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.

Groundbreaking begins on Habitat’s permanent housing community in Léogâne, Haiti, an area considered to be the epicenter of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake.
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 launches its fall 2011 PSA campaign entitled, “What will you build?”
2012
Lumber from the 2011 Rockefeller Christmas tree is donated to Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia to be used in the construction of a Habitat home.

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.

Habitat launches its 2012 PSA campaign entitled, “Why We Build.”