On average, every 5.5 minutes a family is helped through Habitat’s construction programs
ATLANTA (Dec. 4, 2012) — Habitat for Humanity served a record 94,618 families through new home construction, rehabilitation and repairs in fiscal year 2012 (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012), breaking the previous fiscal year’s record by more than 13,000 families. This equates to a family improving their living conditions on average every 5.5 minutes in one of the nearly 80 countries around the world where Habitat works.
In addition to housing construction efforts, Habitat for Humanity helped an additional 3,321 families establish legal rights to a house or land, and provided 119,068 individuals with technical assistance, including financial literacy training and construction advice and training.
“I am so pleased that even in these difficult economic times, Habitat for Humanity is serving more families and communities around the world,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We’re incredibly grateful for the contributions of our many donors, partners, volunteers and advocates, whose continued support has made it possible for Habitat to build homes and hope.”
In 2012, Habitat for Humanity also surpassed its 600,000 home milestone, bringing the number of people served through better housing solutions to 3 million since the organization was founded in 1976. In 2000, Habitat for Humanity celebrated the completion of its 100,000th home, and in 2011, Habitat for Humanity reached the 500,000th home milestone.
A copy of Habitat for Humanity International’s fiscal year 2012 annual report, “Why We Build,” is now available online at www.habitat.org/support/report . The report gives a snapshot of Habitat’s work around the world.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org , or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat  or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org  or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog .