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Habitat for Humanity International


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 - fund raising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction, and mortgage servicing.

Habitat for Humanity International's operational headquarters, located in Americus, Georgia, USA, and its administrative headquarters, located in Atlanta, Georgia, provide information, training and a variety of other support services to Habitat affiliates worldwide. Habitat also creates programs for geographic areas such as the Gulf Coast Recovery Program. Habitat for Humanity International’s Gulf Coast Recovery Program was established to build homes for families whose homes have been devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Since the hurricanes in 2005, more than 1,300 houses have been built or are under construction in the region.

Habitat also runs a number of specialized volunteer programs such as “Women Build”, a program for women who are interested in learning construction skills, and numerous youth programs to involve young, energetic individuals to involve them as leaders in Habitat’s work.

All Habitat affiliates are asked to "tithe"- to give 10 percent of their contributions to fund house-building work in other nations. Tithing provides much-needed funds for international building, and it also gives affiliates the opportunity to demonstrate the spirit of Christian partnership. In 2001, U.S. affiliates tithed $9.04 million to support Habitat's work overseas. Some affiliates in developing countries also receive funding grants from Habitat for Humanity International.

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