Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat for Humanity builds new relationships and a sense of community while building new housing through family nurturing, community education and construction projects.
Twelve people who were concerned about decent housing for the poor in Cincinnati founded Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity in 1985. Since that time, 97 homes have been built across the city with families who are ready for the responsibility of home ownership. Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity is one of three Habitat affiliates in the greater Cincinnati region.
Through volunteer labor, management, expertise and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity builds and repairs homes. Homes are sold to qualified families by means of a no-interest, typical 20-year mortgage. Payments received from homeowners go directly into a local Cincinnati Habitat fund to renovate and build more houses.
Habitat is not a handout program, but a joint venture between the homeowner and Habitat. Each homeowner family is required to invest 500 hours of "sweat equity" into the construction of their home. This fosters pride of ownership among family members and lays the foundation for the development of positive relationships with the other people who worked on the house.