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Since its founding in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International has built and rehabilitated more than 150,000 houses with families in need, becoming a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing.

Koinonia Farm and the Fund for Humanity
The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity International was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian farming community founded in 1942 outside of Americus, Ga., by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan. The Fullers first visited Koinonia in 1965, having recently left a successful business in Montgomery, Ala., and all the trappings of an affluent lifestyle to begin a new life of Christian service. At Koinonia, Jordan and Fuller developed the concept of "partnership housing" -- where those in need of adequate shelter would work side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses.

The houses would be built with no profit added and no interest charged. Building would be financed by a revolving Fund for Humanity. The fund's money would come from the new homeowners' house payments, donations and no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fund-raising activities. The monies in the Fund for Humanity would be used to build more houses.

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Habitat for Humanity International CEO, Jonathan Reckford, invited to participate in the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative

AMERICUS, Ga. (Sept. 19, 2006) – Habitat for Humanity International CEO, Jonathan Reckford, will join a select group of thought leaders to help develop strategies and action plans to tackle global issues at the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York on Sept. 20-22.

Launched in 2005, the annual conference extends invitations to a diverse group of heads of state, CEOs, media, philanthropists, foundation heads, religious figures and leaders of successful non-governmental and non-profit organizations. The overall goal of the Initiative is to pair innovative thinking with resources and capabilities to implement the calls to action. Based on this approach, the 2005 CGI meeting resulted in nearly 300 commitments, totaling more than $2.5 billion, which are currently improving countless lives in meaningful ways.

This year’s attendees will be tasked to make commitments on four key issues, including energy and climate change, global public health, poverty alleviation and mitigating religious and ethnic conflict. Reckford will be tapped to lend his expertise and experience for the poverty-alleviation portion.

“We feel that decent shelter provides the foundation from which families can address other needs, and we want to contribute to a holistic solution to transforming lives and communities. Building decent, affordable housing in partnership with families who need it -- and with so many individuals, groups and organizations around the world -- is what our mission is all about,’ said Reckford. “It is exciting to be part of an initiative that goes beyond just talking about how to solve problems, but that actually takes the effort to another level through formal commitments and long-term follow up to ensure accountability among attendees.”

Having a professional history ranging from Wall Street to the corporate suite, Reckford will share his experience running an effective and efficient international nonprofit organization.

“Habitat's success can be greatly attributed to its ability to build partnerships with government agencies, NGOs, corporations and individuals -- including the homeowner partners themselves who are seeking a better way through better housing,” adds Reckford. “Given the vast need for decent shelter, we're both grateful for and dependent on the partnerships, which manifest themselves in local communities, providing low-income families access to decent, affordable housing on a scale beyond Habitat’s ability alone.

Habitat’s 2007–2011 strategic plan to achieve this vision calls for it to serve as a partner and catalyst for worldwide access to simple, safe, affordable homes through the following four goals:

• Exponentially increase the number of families served annually

• Mobilize new capital to the global-affordable-housing market

• Help lead the transformation of systems that impact affordable housing

• Be diverse, motivated and high-performing

In the past year, Habitat has partnered with Church World Service to help fund the repair of homes for low-income families, and with The Salvation Army to increase building capacity, volunteer accommodations, and affordability of homes along the Gulf Coast. Lutheran Social Services and other Katrina Aid Today consortium members are also actively engaged helping families find appropriate housing solutions, including Habitat homes. Many other partnerships and collaborations are ongoing with community and faith groups and long-term recovery committees.


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