Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller and is recognized today as a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing.
- Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Our mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.
- There are nearly 2 billion people around the world who live in slum housing and more than 100 million are homeless. Habitat helps by building or renovating simple, decent houses in partnership with those in need.
- As a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry that builds with people in need regardless of race or religion, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.
- Believing in “a hand up, not a hand out”, Habitat’s program includes families contributing “sweat equity” in partnership with community volunteers that come together to build and repair homes.
- Qualified families purchase Habitat houses with an affordable mortgage, or through innovative financing methods (in some international countries). Home Repair projects are also made affordable through short-term loans.
- There are more than 1,400 local affiliates in the United States and more than 70 national organizations around the world. Together, we have helped 6.8 million people improve their living conditions since our founding in 1976.
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity was the first Habitat affiliate in North Carolina and has operated as an independent affiliate of the ecumenical Christian housing ministry Habitat for Humanity International since 1983. We welcome people of all faiths, ethnicities, creeds and backgrounds to our organization and communities, as we work to ensure that every Buncombe County family has a safe and decent home.
Through our Tithe program, we build and improve places to call home in our local community and also around the world.
- For every house we build in Buncombe County, we provide funds to build a house in one of five partner countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, Guatemala, Haiti and Malawi.
- In addition to supporting these five countries, we also contribute to Habitat’s new Orphans and Vulnerable Groups Fund.
- In 2014, our affiliate received Habitat for Humanity’s Malachi 3:10 Award for surpassing the $500,000 tithe milestone. To date, we have tithed $650,000.
In addition to financially supporting the building of Habitat houses in Guatemala, many Asheville Area Habitat staff and core volunteers participated in seven different service trips to Guatemala during the past eight years.