The Habitat for Humanity Movement

The Habitat for Humanity movement was founded in 1976 in Americus, Georgia by Millard and Linda Fuller. The program developed from the concept of “partnership housing”. This low income housing project allows those in need of adequate shelter work side by side with volunteers from all walks of life to build simple, decent houses.

Habitat for Humanity International


Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up, partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. 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. Through affordable homeownership, we empower.


Habitat for Humanity Canada

Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, nonprofit organization working toward a world where everyone has an affordable place to call home. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 56 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. Habitat for Humanity Canada is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which was established in 1976 and has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries.


Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island

In early 1994, Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island began as Habitat for Humanity Nanaimo when Ron Caldwell brought together a small group known as the Advisory Committee. Society status was granted by the province in December 1994 and the first official Board of Directors took office in September 1995.


The first task of the Board was to create the National affiliation documents which were completed and sent to the National office in June 1996. Habitat for Humanity Nanaimo Society changed its name at the 2007 Annual General Meeting to Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island Society, to reflect our building areas within Mid-Vancouver Island.


I am pleased to discover that my earlier life experiences are helping to make our future homeowners' homes more durable and energy efficient. It's hard work, but gratifying. - Peter Meridew, Build Volunteer