Blog Action Day: Habitat for Humanity

From on October 15, 2008 in General

Blog Action Day PovertyThis year’s theme for Blog Action Day is poverty – a topic that is in the hearts of many and requires collective action around the globe to make a thing of the past.

Habitat for Humanity makes an excellent focal point for CalFinder’s Blog Action Day. Habitat, founded in 1976, has built more than 250,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. Habitat for Humanity International seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

Here are some interesting facts about Habitat, an organization about which most people have heard, but may not know too much about:

  • Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses. Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor — sweat equity — into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
  • Habitat for Humanity’s work is accomplished at the community level by affiliates — independent, locally run, nonprofit organizations. Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area — fundraising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction, and mortgage servicing.
  • Habitat is a worldwide, grassroots movement. Habitat has a presence in more than 90 countries, including all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Habitat offers an affiliate search service.
  • Today 95 million people, one-third of the United States, have housing problems. More than 1 billion people live in poverty housing worldwide. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing decent, affordable homes for those in need.

For inspiring stories about people whose lives have been improved dramatically as a result of their work with Habitat – either as new homeowners or volunteers – there are resources galore on Habitat’s website. Information about local programs, making donations, and supporting the global work of Habitat for Humanity in eliminating poverty housing and homelessness in the world, visit