An estimated 5.4 million American households face worst-case housing needs, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Receiving little or no government housing assistance, these families are unable to find a decent place to live at a price they can afford to pay.
More than 1100 Habitat for Humanity Affiliates are at work in the United States, building houses in partnership with people in need of decent, affordable housing. Habitat houses are purchased by families, affordable to low-income Americans, thanks to the donated labor of Habitat volunteers, the support of partner organizations and the no-profit, no-interest terms of each U.S. Habitat for Humanity mortgage.
Habitat for Humanity has helped change the lives of more than 100,000 American families since its first U.S. Affiliate was founded in San Antonio, Texas in 1978. Habitat for Humanity Affiliates build in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each Affiliate is an independent, locally managed organization which coordinates local construction and selects partner families without regard to race, religion or ethnic group.