The Publication of Habitat for Humanity International | June / July 2001
What is poverty housing?

What is simple, decent housing?
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Notes from the Field

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Seeing is Believing
By Millard Fuller

When I was a boy growing up in the small cotton-mill town of Lanett, Ala., I was surrounded by poverty housing. But I didn’t really see it. Shabby houses, lining many streets, were just the way things were. I don’t remember anyone questioning the presence of those pitiful houses or wondering about the families who lived there. Certainly, no one proposed any action to improve things.

Millard Fuller, pictured here in Nepal, advocates for decent housing around the world.
Even today, in my boyhood hometown and in many other places, there are people who still do not see substandard housing.

I believe it is a shame and a disgrace for families to be forced to live in deplorable living conditions. It is my firm conviction that God has called us in the ministry of Habitat for Humanity to end the scourge of bad housing. All mothers and fathers and all children, needand deserveas a minimum, a simple, decent place to live on terms they can afford to pay.

The goal of this organization is to make sure that all families have a good place to live. To accomplish that ambitious goal, decent and good housing must become the hearts desire of committed and generous people. Substandard housing must become socially, religiously, morally and politically unacceptable.

Through Habitat for Humanity, thousands of people have had their eyes, ears and hearts opened to the plight of those who languish in miserable living conditions. These people have begun to understand, and they are taking action.

Have you really seen poverty housing in your town and elsewhere across the land and around the world? Do you hear the moans of hundreds of thousands and millions of people who suffer in poverty housing? Do you understand the nature and scope of the problem? What are you doing to change things for the better?

I am incredibly grateful to the dedicated people, churches and other organizations that are enabling Habitat for Humanity to build more houses around the world with families in need. To date, more than 110,000 houses have been completed and a new house is being built somewhere in the world every 26 minutes.

Were on the way. I say, No more shacks!

Millard Fuller is the founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International.

Reprinted from Habitat World Magazine, June/July 2001.
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