deserves a safe, stable, and affordable home
Habitat Greensboro works toward our vision of a world where everyone has a safe and affordable place to live. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.
We believe that owning a home is a major milestone on the road to a family’s financial success, and a key component of our community’s economic stability. Since 1987, Habitat Greensboro has served over 500 families in Greensboro.
In addition to the homeowners we serve locally, Habitat Greensboro provides funding to our affiliates in Honduras and Jordan, where we have helped to build nearly 500 homes.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
We value our Christian foundation while we welcome and serve those of all faiths and beliefs.
We value partnering with homeowners, volunteers, donors, and the community to transform lives, strengthen families, and help break the cycle of poverty.
We value building quality affordable housing, utilizing best practices, and continuously seeking innovative ways to achieve our mission.
We value being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us and operating with ethical standards, transparency, and the highest level of accountability.
We value having a caring heart for those we serve, for those with whom we work, and for those who serve Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro.
- Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
- Focus on shelter.
- Advocate for affordable housing.
- Promote dignity and hope.
- Support sustainable and transformative development.
Habitat for Humanity and its affiliate organizations will not proselytize. Nor will Habitat work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
History of Habitat
The idea that became Habitat for Humanity first grew from the fertile soil of Koinonia Farm, a community farm outside of Americus, Georgia, founded by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan.
On the farm, Jordan and Habitat’s eventual founders Millard and Linda Fuller developed the concept of “partnership housing.” The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build decent, affordable houses. The houses would be built at no profit. New homeowners’ house payments would be combined with no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fundraising to create “The Fund for Humanity,” which would then be used to build more homes.
Beau and Emma were the owners of the first home built by Koinonia’s Partnership Housing Program. They and their five children moved into a concrete-block home with a modern kitchen, indoor bathroom and heating system, replacing the unpainted, uninsulated shack with no plumbing where they had previously lived.
In 1973, the Fullers decided to take the Fund for Humanity concept to Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo. After three years of hard work to launch a successful house building program there, the Fullers then returned to the United States and called together a group of supporters to discuss the future of their dream: Habitat for Humanity International, founded in 1976.
The times have changed, the build site locations have grown in number, but the very real change that Beau and Emma’s family experienced is shared by families today who partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Thanks in no small part to the personal involvement of U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn and the awareness they have raised, Habitat now works in all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries and has helped more than 29 million people achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.
Our Affiliate History
Habitat Greensboro was formed in 1987 by four Christians in response to their Habitat experience in Peru. As one of our founders says: “Time, sweat, perseverance and love have developed the vision into a successful organization and community.” They built five homes that first year, and quickly expanded to build 10 homes annually.
Thirty-two years later, Habitat Greensboro has expanded to nearly 2,000 volunteers and 30 staff who build, renovate, and provide critical repairs to 30 to 35 homes each year.
We have big plans for 2020 and beyond. We’re striving to build more quality, energy-efficient homes for hardworking families, to create thriving neighborhoods, and to strengthen families in the process.
The most important part of our future? You.