CINCINNATI – Habitat for Humanity surpassed its 400,000 house milestone during its most recent fiscal year. Since the nonprofit organization was founded in 1976, its self-help, hand-up model has resulted in rehabbed, repaired or new housing for more than 2 million people worldwide.
Locally, Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity (CHFH) is part of this global effort. Since 1986, Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity has built, rehabbed or repaired over 224 houses in the greater Cincinnati area.
Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity is moving at a rapid pace of change and has had a very eventful year, making great strides to embody Habitat for Humanity International’s mission. Some recent efforts include the new ReStore, which opened this past spring, and CHFH’s refocus on not only building new homes, but also rehabbing foreclosed properties as a strategic way to revitalize Cincinnati’s neighborhoods. Additionally, CHFH has introduced higher green building standards in order to construct more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable homes.
“Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity and the more than 1,400 affiliates like us across the United States and abroad are continuing our efforts to help address the poverty housing crisis that plagues too many families— both near and far. We are thrilled to be a part of this important milestone and are determined to continue our work in helping more local families in need of a simple, decent and affordable place to live, grow and thrive,” said Marissa Woodly, Development Director, Cincinnati Habitat. “With continued support from our sponsors and volunteers, we’ll help 16 more families in 2011 realize their dream of home ownership.”
In fiscal year 2010, Habitat for Humanity served a record 74,960 families worldwide through a combination of new construction, rehabilitation and repairs. Habitat also helped an additional 6,355 families establish legal rights to a house or land, and provided more than 46,964 individuals with technical assistance ranging from legal help to construction advice or training.
“We are pleased that even in this difficult economy, Habitat for Humanity has been able to help a record number of families around the world have a better place to live,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Our affiliates are the backbone of Habitat’s efforts. Their hard work and dedication have made this milestone possible. We are grateful for the work of Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity.”
Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 300,000th home in 2008, its 200,000th home in 2005 and the 100,000th home in 2000.
By 2013, Habitat for Humanity hopes to assist 100,000 families worldwide annually with new or improved housing.
A copy of Habitat for Humanity International’s fiscal year 2010 annual report, “What We Build,” is now available online at http://www.habitat.org/support/report/default.aspx. The report gives a snapshot of Habitat’s work around the world.
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About Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity
Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate substandard housing by building and renovating simple, decent, affordable homes to sell to low-income families in need. Cincinnati Habitat works in equal partnership with families, volunteers and donors building a sense of community as well as affordable housing. Our partners include corporations, churches, foundations, organizations and individual donors who donate money, labor and materials to fund and build our homes. Cincinnati Habitat has built over 220 homes in neighborhoods that include Avondale, Clifton, Columbia Tusculum, Evanston, Harrison, Hyde Park, Lincoln Heights, Lockland, Madisonville, Millcreek Valley, Mt. Auburn, Mt. Washington, North Fairmount, Northside, Oakley, Over-the-Rhine, Price Hill, South Cumminsville, South Fairmount, Walnut Hills, Westwood and Winton Place, among others. For more information, visit www.cincinnatihabitat.org.