- A hand up not a hand out
- Long-term goal of eliminating substandard and poverty housing
- Partnership between volunteers, homeowners, churches, businesses and communities
- Ecumenical Christian housing ministry
- Inclusive, non-discriminatory policies
- Non-profit, non-government organization
- Interest-free, long-term mortgage payments put into a "revolving fund" which is used to build more houses.
- Partner families are chosen on a basis of need, ability to repay mortgage, and a willingness to partner and provide sweat equity at build.
Habitat for Humanity International
- Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller in Americus, Georgia
- More than 2,100 active affiliates in 100 countries, including all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico
- Over 350,000 houses built worldwide, providing more than 1.75 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.
- Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have been very involved since 1984.
- Click on their website www.habitat.org for more information!
Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity
- Founded originally as Buena Partners in 1984 by Fred and Pam Bauman
- Completed first home in Toppenish in 1986
- Changed name to Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity in 1986
- A total of 173 homes have been completed
- Over 800 individual family members now live in simple decent houses in the Yakima Valley thanks to Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity
- Over 13 MILLION DOLLARS of additional value has been added to local tax rolls
- Affiliate is governed by a Board of Directors with guidance from five committees
- Has built in 12 communities from Yakima to Prosser.
- Takes down inadequate and condemned housing whenever possible to increase the impact in the community