ATLANTA – November 18, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Working alongside people around the world in need of decent, affordable shelter, Habitat for Humanity improved housing in partnership with 1.8 million people in fiscal year 2015 as stated in its new annual report, “Together We Build.” Since 1976, Habitat has helped 6.8 million people through housing opportunities and solutions, enabling them to achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build brighter futures.
“Every day, we see firsthand the critical role decent housing plays in creating positive outcomes in people’s lives and in communities,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “I am thrilled at these numbers that represent individuals whose lives have been changed, and I’m grateful to our donors, volunteers and advocates who help make our work possible. Together, our efforts set the foundation for success, including better health, education and employment opportunities. As we celebrate the lives we have touched through adequate housing, we look forward to another year of creating safe and secure places for families to grow, be healthy and thrive.”
The table below provides a snapshot of Habitat’s efforts in fiscal year 2015 across 70 countries through direct housing solutions, including home construction, renovations and critical home repairs or increased access to improved shelter.
|Fiscal year 2015:
Individuals served through improved housing
|U.S. and Canada||29,332|
|Latin America and the Caribbean||974,675|
|Europe, Middle East and Africa||485,295|
|Asia and the Pacific||312,400|
|Global total in fiscal year 2015||1,801,702|
Habitat also provided training in construction and financial management as well as advocacy efforts that changed policies and systems to allow more access to shelter solutions. Through these services, an additional 4.8 million individuals now have the potential to improve their housing conditions.
Habitat’s global mission was made possible thanks to its many generous donors and the hands and hearts of more than 2 million volunteers who annually give their time and talent. In addition to working on Habitat build sites, volunteers also served as local board members, in Habitat ReStores and through affordable housing advocacy efforts.
Since its founding nearly 40 years ago, Habitat has seen the tremendous impact that affordable housing has on helping people create better lives for themselves and their families. The fiscal year 2015 annual report highlights the many ways in which Habitat and its supporters worked alongside partner families, including home construction and repair solutions, disaster response efforts, revitalized communities, improved water and sanitation, and economic independence gained through homeownership.
To learn more or to view the fiscal year 2015 annual report, visit: www.habitat.org/multimedia/annual-report-2015
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Since 1976, Habitat has helped more than 6.8 million people gain strength, stability and independence through housing, including home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and programs. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.