Habitat for Humanity was founded in Americus, Georgia, by Linda and Millard Fuller. The company operates a nonprofit, international, non-governmental organization that allows people to become homeowners by building newly constructed homes and charging only for the materials. All work is donated.
Habitat for Humanity operates in all 50 US states and in 70 countries. The company has helped more than 29 million people construct, preserve, or rehabilitate their homes.
Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn are two of the best-known faces of Habitat for Humanity. They have worked on numerous projects since 1984.
The company has received criticism for not training its volunteers sufficiently, which has led to serious injury and even death of some volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity also operates ReStores, which are retail outlets selling new and used building materials donated by others, as well as furniture. Proceeds from ReStores are used to construct housing within the community.
Due to the coronavirus crisis in the spring of 2020, most ReStores and building stopped for a period of time. As of late May 2020, most construction is continuing and ReStores have announced their re-opening dates, which vary around the country.
The first new home delivered since the coronavirus crisis was on May 22, 2020, to Angela Torres in Tacoma, Washington.
The company maintains a corporate office in Americus, Georgia.