Thursday, 05 July 2012
A lot of people think that Habitat for Humanity builds houses and gives them away. It’s actually a lot more than that to Macon County residents in need. Building houses is just one approach.
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. After developing and testing their model of Christian outreach through constructing affordable housing in underdeveloped countries, they returned to the United States to address housing needs in the U.S. Since its founding, Habitat has constructed more than 500,000 homes worldwide.
The Habitat for Humanity Macon County (HFHMC) affiliate was incorporated in 1993 as a 501 (c)3 non-profit. Since that time 18 homes have been completed, 14 in Franklin and four in Highlands according to Rick Westerman, executive director. A 19th home is nearing completion for a local family.