“Without Habitat I don't see me being a homeowner as a possibility.”
~ Charlene Dunlap, Habitat Homeowner
In the midst of a worldwide housing crisis, millions of families still live in dangerous, unhealthy housing, struggling every day just to survive. For them, Habitat for Humanity's self-help housing program is a beacon of hope.
A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, Habitat for Humanity builds simple and affordable homes in partnership with those in need of decent housing. Habitat sells houses to qualified families at no profit with zero interest mortgage loans. The Kentucky Housing Corporation services mortgage payments pro bono for Habitat Louisville.
Habitat builds alongside families who demonstrate the need and willingness to partner with Habitat. Habitat offers a hand up, not a hand out to families who invest 400 "sweat equity" hours building their own and their neighbors' houses. Their monthly mortgage payments help fund the construction of more houses.
The Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville affiliate began in 1985 in Louisville, Kentucky. At the end of 2008, hundreds of volunteers worked alongside partner families to celebrate the start of the 300th Habitat home in Louisville, Kentucky. These 300 homes shelter nearly 1000 people, at least 330 adults and 558 children. In 2008, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville was named the 12th largest home builder in Louisville, Kentucky by Business First.
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville is a member of Kentucky Habitat for Humanity, the Metropolitan Housing Coalition, and the Home Builders Association of Louisville.
Habitat's Mission Statement
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
In 1968, Millard Fuller, businessman and lawyer from Alabama, and Dr. Clarence Jordan, founder of Koinonia Farms in Americus, Georgia, began work to eliminate substandard housing in Sumter County, Georgia. Determined not to act as a money lender and charge interest when lending to the poor, Koinonia Farms began building and selling houses to low-income families at no profit, no interest in 1968.
In 1973, Millard and Linda Fuller carried the Koinonia Farms concept to Zaire, Africa, and launched a building program for more than 160 houses. When they returned to the United States in 1976, the Fullers settled in Americus, Georgia, and created Habitat for Humanity in order to expand their work.
Habitat is now headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and has more than 1,687 affiliates across the United States. Habitat also operates in 100 countries around the world.
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville History
1985 ~ Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville was founded by a group of individuals concerned with the lack of affordable housing.
1986 ~ Became affiliated with HFH International & started on our 1st house, a rehab
1988 ~ Completed 1st house
1992 ~ 1st Federal Home Loan Bank grant, $40,000 for 20 houses; Blitz Week: Home Builders Association built 3 Habitat houses in its Homes Across America project.
1994 ~ KY Homecoming Project; doubled our production to 14 houses per year; first Women's House
1995 ~ 10th Anniversary Celebration
1996 ~ Board Votes to Double Production to 100 Houses by 2000
1999 ~ Habitat celebrated its 100th House; Board Votes to Double Production to 200 Houses by 2004; Volunteers sent to Guatemala and the Philippines, 1st Interfaith House Built.
2000 ~ 3rd Women’s House Completed
2001 ~ New Construction Center Finished
2002 ~ Kentucky Housing Corporation Awards $100,000 Challenge Grant for Builders Circle
2003 ~ Business First ranks Habitat Louisville as the metro area’s 26th largest builder
2004 ~ Habitat celebrated its 200th House
2005 ~ Habitat makes design changes to increase energy efficiency of Habitat Houses; Habitat wins the Art of Vision in Leadership award from the Center for Nonprofit Excellence
2006 ~ Hired new Executive Director; ReStore Grand Opening; Sent group to support Katrina Rebuild; increased production of two story homes
2007 ~ Habitat receives the “Champion of Homeownership” award by the Housing Partnership
2008 ~ Habitat celebrated its 300th House, Hired Development Director & Rehab Supervisor, and acquired Oldham County HFH Affiliate
2009~ Habitat Built its first home in Oldham County, Developed first ever capital campaign, Building the Dream of 2019
2010~Habitat broke ground on new Portland campus in old Tip Top Bakery Building
2011~ Construction completed on Phase I of Portland campus