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Building the Beloved Community

Habitat for Humanity has a vision of a world where we share one humanity, and that’s a world that we believe in and fight for every day. 

We are a faith-based organization, but we realize that faith must be coupled with works and action. As we share in the sadness, anger and uncertainty that have rocked communities across the United States — these protests of the systemic and racial injustice that have infused and informed the life of our nation — we recognize that we must do more.

We must create what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the Beloved Community” — a community that includes diversity and allows for tension undergirded by love and leading to transformation. To do so, we must truly love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We must change. And we must commit to tangible action.

We will do the work in our practices, our programs and our networks that brings equity to our efforts and helps bring justice to the communities in which we work. We will, throughout our ministry, connect issues of racial and social injustice with historic barriers to affordable housing and work to eradicate those barriers.

Historic discrimination in U.S. housing policy — particularly discrimination against Black Americans — is one of the chief drivers of racial inequities that persist today. Organizations like ours that work on housing must understand that history and have it inform our work.

In the tradition of the radical inclusivity that infused our birthplace Koinonia Farm from its earliest days, the leaders of our ministry commit to creating an environment where humility, open communication, dialogue and listening become our standard. In addition to being a space where people of all races, all faiths and all backgrounds come together in common cause, we commit to being actively anti-racist and to affirming, through word and action, that black lives matter and that our communities and systems must further this fundamental truth. We will ensure that our work is infused with courage and accountability so that we make our strong commitment to equity and true community a reality.

A world of equality, fairness and human decency

Habitat for Humanity is propelled by a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Join us as we pledge to work harder than ever toward making Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a Beloved Community of justice, equal opportunity and love of fellow human beings a reality.

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Historic housing discrimination in the U.S.

Too many among the general public aren’t aware that the egregious racial disparities in America that exist today — in education, employment, health and wealth — are linked to Black families’ exclusion from accessing decent and affordable shelter – something we all need to thrive.

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Of what am I certain?

In this essay, Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford reflects on our organization’s mission, vision and faith principles, reaffirming certainty that Habitat stands in its its fierce commitment to the equality of all people and its unfailing devotion to the creation of opportunity for all.

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Statement of guiding principles to advance racial equity and justice

September 04, 2020

Habitat for Humanity International co-signed this statement as part of a coalition of other national nonprofit organizations. Faced with this moment of national urgency and entrusted by communities to lead in crisis, we affirm and commit to utilizing these principles and values as a guide in our individual and collective efforts to advance equity and justice.

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