Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. A core issue for global poverty: The state of the world’s housing
The world is experiencing a global housing crisis. About 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing and 100 million are homeless, according to the United Nations. (1) These people are increasingly urban residents, and every week more than a million people are born in, or move to, cities in the developing world. (2) Today, a billion people -- 32 per cent of the global urban population -- live in urban slums. If no serious action is taken, the United Nations reports that the number of slum dwellers worldwide will increase over the next 30 years to nearly 2 billion. (3) In the
United Sates alone, 95 million people, one third of the nation, have housing problems including payments too large a percentage of their income, overcrowding, poor quality shelter and homelessness.(4) Throughout the world, people live in inadequate housing, and Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing decent, affordable homes for those in need.
Importance of clean, decent, and stable housing:
Habitat for Humanity has shown that building homes does more than put a roof over someone’s head. In clean, decent, stable housing:
-Families can provide stability for their children.
-A family’s sense of dignity and pride grow.
-Health, physical safety, and security improve
-Educational and job prospects increase.
HFHI is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel for all of our positions in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran/reserve and National Guard status or any other status or characteristic protected by law.
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Updated July 2008