Habitat for Humanity helps more than 61,000 low-income families around the world with new or improved housing in 2009
ATLANTA (Dec. 8, 2009) – Habitat for Humanity helped 61,005 low-income families around the world in its 2009 fiscal year (July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009) by building 23,657 new houses, completing 15,705 house rehabilitations and repairing 21,643 houses.
Notably, the number of houses Habitat rehabilitated grew by 5,865 in fiscal year 2009 over fiscal year 2008.
“Habitat for Humanity is thrilled to have helped thousands of additional low-income families this past year by expanding our work in rehabilitating existing houses,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “In addition to building new houses, Habitat for Humanity has always helped to improve housing stock since the organization was founded more than 30 years ago. But the dramatic increase of our house rehabilitation numbers shows that local Habitat organizations, even in a down economy, are broadening efforts to reach the greatest number of families in need.”
A copy of Habitat for Humanity International’s fiscal year 2009 annual report, which gives a snapshot of Habitat’s work in nearly 90 countries around the world, is now available online at http://www.habitat.org/support/report/default.aspx.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org.