Habitat For Humanity hits a milestone and is still going strong!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

I saw this press release today on the Daily Real Estate News sponsored by Lowe's.
I'm so happy to be part of a profession that so willingly gives to and supports such an amazing organization.  

RISMEDIA, December 14, 2010—Habitat for Humanity surpassed its 400,000 house milestone during its most recent fiscal year. Since the nonprofit organization was founded in 1976, its self-help, hand-up model has resulted in rehabbed, repaired or new housing for more than 2 million people worldwide.

"Over the last 34 years, Habitat for Humanity has steadily increased its scale and scope to help more families in need of decent, affordable housing," said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "In 2005 we celebrated our 200,000th house. Now, five years later, we have more than doubled that number thanks to the generous support of our volunteers and sponsors. It is a significant milestone and very encouraging, but we realize there is still much more work to be done."

In fiscal year 2010, Habitat for Humanity served a record 74,960 families worldwide through a combination of new construction, rehabilitation and repairs. Habitat also helped an additional 6,355 families establish legal rights to a house or land, and provided more than 46,964 individuals with technical assistance ranging from legal help to construction advice or training.

"Throughout our history we have seen time and again that an affordable, safe and decent home is the gateway to better health, greater family stability and improved educational opportunities in every country where we work," said Reckford. "We are pleased that even in this difficult economy, Habitat for Humanity has been able to help an unprecedented number of families around the world have a better place to live. We are seeing great results from focusing not only on building individual houses, but also on repairing and rehabbing homes and creating partnerships that emphasize total community development."

Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 300,000th home in 2008, its 200,000th home in 2005 and the 100,000th home in 2000.

By 2013, Habitat for Humanity hopes to assist 100,000 families annually with new or improved housing.

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Carole Helwig
Keller Williams Realty
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Comments (2)

June Tassillo
Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty - Franklin, NC
Let me help you with the next phase of your life!

Carole ~ This is a great organization for low income families.  My own sister was lucky enough to have one built for her in Upstate NY about 25 years ago.  I currently serve on the board at my local habitat to give back to my community.  I am about to wrap up a Harley-Davidson raffle this Friday.  It took me longer that I thought it would to sell tickets for it but it will feel good when its all over and I helped raise money for a good cause.  I had several Active Rain member buy tickets for this.  

Dec 14, 2010 12:53 PM
Carole Helwig
Keller Williams Realty - Concord, MA
Servicing Acton, Sudbury and Hudson, MA

Good luck with the raffle.  It is such a great cause and perfect timing with the holiday season!
That's so awesome that you are so involved, and such a great tie with your sister's experience. 

Thank you for your input. 


Dec 15, 2010 09:59 AM