Our History

 
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Habitat For Humanity - International

Habitat for Humanity International began in Americus, Georgia in 1976 through the passionate efforts of Linda and Millard Fuller. Their goal was simple: to provide access to safe and decent housing for everyone, and have people from all walks of life come together to make this vision come true. In 1984, former US President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn took part in their first ever Habitat build, putting the organization on the map. Every year since, the Carters take on a new build site. Through their commitment and many others, Habitat has built 800,000 houses in 100 plus countries around the world, providing more than 4 million people with safe, decent and affordable shelter.


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Habitat For Humanity - Canada

Established in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada has 58 affiliates and has built over 2,500 homes nationwide. This is thanks to more than 300,000 volunteers, who have logged in 11.2 plus million hours on build sites. Working under the direction of trained professionals, volunteers have hammered 35.4 million nails and screwed in 56,000 light bulbs! They’ve installed 3,000 toilets, 5,000 sinks, 24,000 windows and 36,000 doors, and applied 80,000 gallons of paint to help transform houses into homes. Not to mention the thousands more who have helped build homes in other countries through our Global Village International Volunteer Program.


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Habitat For Humanity - Greater Vancouver

Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver (HFHGV), an affiliate, was established in 1995 and services Langley to Squamish. In 1999, HFHGV purchased an acre of land from the BC provincial government in Burnaby, where a 27-unit townhome community was built over six phases. The final six families moved into their homes in July 2013. To date, safe, decent and affordable housing has been provided for 31 families including 45 children. Our next build site in Richmond is now underway, where we will house another twelve families. All homes are built by volunteers under the direction of a site supervisor and funded by individual donations, grants and corporate sponsorships.