Frequently Asked Questions
What is the historical background?
Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 in Americus, Georgia by Linda and Millard Fuller. The organization developed from the idea of partnership housing – where those in need of adequate shelter work side by side with volunteers from all walks of life to build safe, decent and affordable houses for families in need.
In 1984, Habitat for Humanity's most famous volunteer, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, along with his wife, Rosalyn, participated in their first Habitat build project. Their personal involvement with Habitat for Humanity brought increased visibility and sparked interest in the organization throughout North America and around the world.
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Habitat for Humanity Canada was founded in 1985, with the inaugural meeting and first home built in Winkler, Manitoba. In early 1988, the Habitat for Humanity Canada national office was established in Waterloo, Ontario.