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Habitat's Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live. 

Habitat's Mission Statement

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Habitat's mission principles

Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ; focus on shelter; advocate for affordable housing; promote dignity and hope; and support sustainable and transformational development.

Habitat works in partnership with families in need of adequate shelter to build decent, affordable homes. The homes are then sold to Habitat's partner families, at no profit and with no interest charged. Partner families invest hundreds of hours of their own labor — sweat equity — into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving “Fund for Humanity” that is used to build more homes.

Volunteers provide most of the house-building labor, and faith-based, corporate and individual donors provide the money, materials and labor necessary to build Habitat homes.  

Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller in a small Georgian town called Americus. HFHI's work in the United States is accomplished by affiliates like Memphis Habitat. Memphis Habitat is one of more than 1,400 affiliates in the USA and 550 international affiliates that build in more than 3,000 communities throughout the world. Habitat affiliates are independent, nonprofit organizations that are organized by local citizens and operate with local boards and local volunteers.

Memphis Habitat

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis was founded in 1983 by a group of concerned individuals who were aware of the international organization and saw the critical need for decent, affordable housing in the city of Memphis. Memphis Habitat partners with people in our community to help them build or improve places they can call home through new home construction and affordable mortgages; critical home repair and rehabilitation work; and aging in place home modifications for seniors. Since its inception, more than 490 homes have been built in Greater Memphis.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis' governing documents and by-laws, financial statements and conflict of interest policies are available upon request.

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Habitat for Humanity Non-Proselytizing Policy

Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (HFH) will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must (i) adhere to or convert to a particular faith or (ii) listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.