History and Vision
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Our Mission Statement
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Athens Area Habitat for Humanity
Athens Area Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. Our organization was founded in 1988 based on our strong belief that everyone in the Athens community deserves the opportunity to live in safe, decent, affordable homes. We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
Habitat for Humanity is unique because our service is made possible through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials. Significantly, the way we pursue our mission is just as important as accomplishing it. Habitat builds simple, decent houses with the help of the partner families and sells them to qualifying families at no-profit and no-interest. A Habitat home is a hand up, not a hand out. Habitat homeowners work side by side with volunteers, cutting the cost of building the house. Homeowners must repay the cost of building their home with no interest charge and 100% of the mortgage payments going towards the funding of future Habitat houses.
This August, Athens Area Habitat will celebrate twenty-five years of serving the Athens community, marking a significant milestone for not only the organization, but also the community. During our time, we have served more than 76 families in partnership with businesses and countless volunteers. Athens Area Habitat continues to develop community-wide programs in partnership with businesses to provide affordable solutions to those in need.
All are welcome
Athens Area Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide. Habitat's long-term dream is to eradicate housing projects around the world, and to replace them with solid, single-family homes built by volunteers and the future owners themselves.