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Habitat for Humanity International began as an idea in the 1960s on Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia. Millard and Linda Fuller developed a Fund for Humanity in 1968, and during the next five years, two partnership houses were completed—one in Sumter County, Georgia and one in Zaire. In 1976, Habitat for Humanity International was formed.

Since then, Habitat has helped to build or repair over 600,000 houses and serve more than 3 million people worldwide.  We have more than 1,500 local affiliates in the United States and more than 70 national organizations around the world.

Habitat is now an internationally-recognized ministry—in part because of its phenomenal growth and worldwide reach, but also because of special events like the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project and the Home Builders Blitz.

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