The History of Habitat

Habitat for Humanity was originally founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. The involvement of former U.S President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn in 1984 brought the organization into the nation’s eye and generated the interest of many others in the work of Habitat for humanity across the nation and the world. From that time onward, supporters and helping hands came forward to take the vision of the organization across the nation. Today, Habitat for Humanity across globe helps in gaining dignity, security and hope for thousands of low income families in the form of affordable homes. Churches, community groups and others join hands in resolving a significant social problem i.e. decent housing for all.

Habitat for Humanity seeks to build lives as well as homes.

Through the homes we build, hope is restored and lives are changed as the cycle of need is broken. Owning a home is not just about providing a roof over a head, but is also about dignity, security and a legacy left behind for future generations with expectation for their better future. Every individual deserves a decent place to live and to build a better family life.

How we build is just as important as what we build.

Habitat houses are built with a contribution of 350 hours of “Sweat Equity”, labor on the part of the Partner Families, or 250 hours for individual/single parents. Sweat Equity is a term coined to describe the physical labor the homeowner and their families and friends contribute to build homes for themselves as well as other homeowners like them.  In addition, the homeowner must pay a 25 year zero percent interest mortgage.

Our work is impossible without your help and support.

Your support could be in any form whether it is your donation of time, money, labor, or a donation to the ReStore. It helps us to build homes, community, and hope with families in need.  Even the smallest donation can become a big contribution in the building of a home. Habitat for Humanity- Cape Area is a non-profit Christian housing ministry. 


Mission Statement:

“A world where everyone has a decent place to live. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”

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