Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, based on a community they were living in where everyone got together to help their neighbors build houses. They decided to apply this model to low-income housing, and Habitat was born. Today, Habitat for Humanity is active all over the world and has built or worked on over 1 million homes.
Although individual affiliates are mostly autonomous, Habitat International serves as a source of guidance and assistance. HFHI serves to coordinate between affiliates for large projects, steer volunteers and resources towards affiliates, advocate for changes to housing policy, and provide help in the first stages of disaster relief directly after a catastrophe.
Between 1987 and 2016, Habitat Newark donated over $400,000 as tithe dollars for helping around the world. The primary country to receive these dollars has been Haiti, but we are proud to have assisted other countries as well. With the money that Habitat Newark donated, we were able to serve nearly 140 international families.