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1998–2000 Timeline: Excitement is building

Excitement is building
Habitat's "First Ladies Build" project kicks off, with governors' wives, first ladies and women construction crews building homes across the country.
Habitat establishes a Disaster Response Office to aid in pre-disaster risk reduction and disaster recovery and rehabilitation.
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.
HFHI'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 HFHI.

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 JCWP 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.
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