Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. Today, Habitat for Humanity is a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing.
In 1984, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn took their first Habitat work trip, the Jimmy Carter Work Project, to New York City. Their personal involvement in Habitat's ministry brought the organization national visibility and sparked interest in Habitat's work across the nation. HFHI experienced a dramatic increase in the number of new affiliates around the country.
Through the work of Habitat International, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem--decent housing for all.
Today, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 400,000 houses, sheltering more than 2 million people worldwide.
For more information about the history of Habitat for Humanity International, visit http://www.habitat.org/how/historytext.aspx
Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity
Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity became an official independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in 1992. Since then, Manchester Habitat has built or rebuilt six houses and helped local, low-income homeowners with 12 smaller projects.
Our current project is a three family house located on 50 Holsey Street in Manchester, New Hampshire. It was severely damaged by fire, and after three years of neglect, was been purchased by Manchester Habitat with help from the City of Manchester and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Manchester Habitat is working with volunteers and donors to restore and rehabilitate the building into a livable and energy-efficient unit for three families.