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BuildClean is a Houston-based 501(c) not-for-profit organization founded in 2007. The organization funds research and educates consumers, businesses and organizations about safe, healthy and green materials. In addition to coordinating and funding research, BuildClean serves as a resource, offering information on some of the most common indoor health hazards, green and healthy home building and product certification programs and groups working every day around the world to provide assurance and guidance to the consumer about the products used in the home.
Homes for Our Troops is a non-profit, non-partisan 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 2004. This organization is strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to their country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries. We assist severely injured Servicemen and Women and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and coordinating the process of building a new home or adapting an existing home for handicapped accessibility.
. HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for today's homeless. The organization builds and renovates multi-unit homes for America's temporarily homeless families and individuals, more than one million of whom are children, while they rebuild their lives.
Founded in 1989 by the Orange County chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIA/SC), an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), HomeAid has expanded throughout the country to 22 chapters in 16 states and two national offices: Augusta, GA and Newport Beach, CA (headquarters).
HomeAid has provided housing for more than 100,000 individuals who have been rendered temporarily homeless due to circumstances beyond their control, including:
- Abused children
- Victims of domestic violence
- At-risk teens
- People living with HIV/AIDS
- Those who are temporarily out of work
- Victims of natural disasters and other catastrophes
Through the generosity of America's builders, their trade partners, financial institutions, and the public, HomeAid has built more than 170 multi-unit homes with an additional 55 in development. These homes provide more than 4,200 beds per night nationwide. Each bed serves an average of three people per year.
Our mission and history
- Take a quick tour of our mission, methods and current progress.
- Find in-depth answers to frequently asked questions in this fact sheet.
- Read the history of Habitat or view our photo timeline.
Who we are
- We are a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.
- Meet our Board of Directors and our CEO, Jonathan Reckford.
- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn are Habitat's most famous supporters. The couple annually leads the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
What we build
- Our houses are simple, decent, and affordable to low-income families around the world. See what Habitat houses are like around the world.
- Whenever possible, we build energy-efficient, sustainable housing. Learn more about our construction and environmental resources.
Why we build
- Nearly 2 billion people around the world live in slum housing and over 100 million are homeless. Habitat for Humanity is needed to help eliminate poverty by providing simple, decent shelter to those in need.
- Families left homeless by natural disasters, war and civil unrest often face dire housing situations as they struggle to rebuild their lives. Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Response program provides shelter and housing solutions to help these families recover.
How it’s possible
- Homeowners and volunteers build under trained supervision.
- Individuals, corporations, faith groups and others provide vital financial support. Learn more about Habitat's stewardship of these resources in our Annual Report and Financial Statement.
- In the U.S., Habitat for Humanity lends no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans to its beneficiary families.
- On a global scale, Habitat’s traditional model is not always possible. Our international housing finance programs consist of innovative housing finance practices and/or partnerships with microfinance organizations.
- HabitatLearns provides free in-depth knowledge on housing issues.
- Visit the Global Village and Discovery Center in Americus, Georgia. Learn about the devastating effects of poverty everywhere. See life-size Habitat houses from countries around the world.
- Learn more about who we are and what we do around the world every day. Visit our newsroom for press releases, articles, photos and videos about Habitat for Humanity.