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Habitat For Humanity International, Inc.

Rating: 1.67 stars   9 reviews 2,490

Address:

270 Peachtree Street Suite 1300 Atlanta GA 30303 USA

Mission:

Seeking to put god's love into action, habitat for humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Programs:

In fiscal year 2015, habitat for humanity served more than 1. 5 million people, or 300,000 families through a variety of programs, products and services. More than 2. 2 million people volunteered. In the u. S. And canada, habitat for humanity served roughly 30,000 people. More than 11,000 affiliate community projects were performed. In total, 1,448 local affiliates serve in all 50 states. Affiliates in puerto rico, guam and the u. S. Virgin islands, and 60 affiliates in canada round out the u. S. And canada service area. Examples in the u. S. And canada include: as communities continue years of long clean up and rebuilding from tornadoes and hurricanes, disaster response continues to serve alongside affiliates to insure individuals and families have the opportunity to recover into home. In fiscal year 2015, hfhi's disaster risk reduction and response department worked alongside affiliates to serve 458 u. S. Families through repairs, rehabilitations or new construction. Notable responses in the past year include the rebuilding of tornado damaged communities in arkansas, alabama and oklahoma, the ongoing recovery efforts in new york city and the jersey shore following superstorm sandy, and continued efforts to rebuild the gulf coast even after recognizing the 10th anniversary of hurricane katrina. Disaster corps volunteers contributed 4,839 hours of service over 22 deployments this year, supporting affiliates responding to and preparing for disasters. Habitat continues to increase its footprint in disaster risk reduction and response activities globally through the "pathways to permanence" framework, providing community-based interventions that support incremental progress toward permanent, durable shelter, while reducing the vulnerability of families and communities. Habitat's network of home improvement stores and donation centers continues the charge of developing staff through restore association program. The association program is offered hfhi as a way to pool resources, strategically grow the habitat restore brand, and help improve local operations. Affiliates who join the program choose levels of service. Full membership is $300 per month, per store to access services such as training and national donation procurement. The optional program offers the flexibility to meet a variety of needs for 147 members. In addition to the restore association program, restore opened 21 stores in new markets and added 11 stores to existing markets in fiscal year 2015, bringing the total to 851. About 40,000 volunteers were engaged in fiscal year 2015 through student-led, student-initiated programs such as campus chapters and collegiate challenge. Through these initiatives, which engaged youth and young professionals ages 5 to 40, volunteers are educating and advocating on behalf of the cause for affordable housing. More than $6. 9 million was raised toward assisting in providing others with decent, affordable housing by partnering with hfhi and local affiliates, as well as tithing toward habitat's international affiliates. Sixteen new affiliates adopted the neighborhood revitalization model this past year, bringing the total number of engaged affiliates to 241. The program's holistic approach continues to expand habitat's traditional partnership with homeowners and volunteers, as the program creates buy-in from neighbors, community leaders and local organizations to achieve a broader impact.

international program: in more than 70 countries, habitat for humanity international works with national habitat organizations and other partners to expand access to decent, affordable housing. The international work is divided administratively into three geographic areas: - asia and the pacific served 175,845 individuals with construction solutions in fy2015, and 4,300 additional individuals with housing support services. - europe, asia and the middle east served 126,565 individuals with construction solutions in fy2015, and 83,385 additional individuals with housing support services. - latin america and the caribbean served 160,140 individuals with construction solutions in fy2015, and 42,687 additional individuals with housing support services. In each area, approaches vary dramatically according to local needs and opportunities, but habitat programs in fy2015 shared some common themes: rebuilding after disasters. Habitat for humanity was involved in timely, multi-faceted disaster response and risk reduction around the world in fy 2015. When a magnitude-7. 8 earthquake struck nepal in april, more than 850,000 homes were destroyed. Habitat staff, volunteers and people from the affected communities quickly began to remove rubble, and in may, the first temporary shelter kits were distributed. Construction of permanent homes began in july, and habitat aims to support hundreds of thousands of families through both temporary and permanent shelter solutions. On the other side of the world, heavy spring rainfall in chile led to rivers overflowing, flooding and landslides. Soon after, the calbuco volcano erupted, generating heavy ash emissions. Habitat chile, in alliance with the chilean red cross and shelter box, distributed more than 1,500 emergency shelter kits to families in the affected areas. These kits included tools and materials to help them rebuild their homes. Expanding the use of housing microfinance to enable incremental housing improvements. For example, habitat microbuild india housing finance company pvt. Ltd. Is a housing finance company established as an initiative of hfhi and the mumbai-based financial services company ask group, with the aim of providing access to credit for housing improvements. Microbuild india has so far invested us$1. 42 million, serving more than 3,800 families. In el savador, the inter-american development bank approved a loan of us$5 million to habitat el salvador to improve the housing conditions of low-income families by offering them financing opportunities. With the proceeds of this loan, microloans will be awarded to 8,000 families over the next seven years for home improvements such as access to drinking water, electricity, and construction of bathrooms, kitchens, floors and ceilings. Working with vulnerable populations. These included the roma in romaina, hiv and aids orphans in several african countries, and women without secure land tenure rights in brazil. Habitat chile's program "our children return home" helped families with children who have special needs or severe illnesses by building, adapting or improving their homes. Linking improvements in housing with health, water and sanitation issues. Habitat entities worldwide focused on these issues, including the water for lives project by habitat brazil that helped 700 individuals have access to safe, usable water, and the finote salam water project in ethiopia that brought safe drinking water to a community of 2,100 for the first time. Encouraging environmental sustainability. According to the world bank, an estimated 2 million people die each year as a result of cooking over an open fire. To help families who live in extreme poverty and who cook over an open fire, habitat guatemala offers, at a subsidized rate, adobe stoves with a metal chimney that helps to filter harmful smoke from the house. Its design also allows for better heat retention, so it uses less wood, resulting in less deforestation and greater savings for the family. The smoke-free environment reduces burns and accidents. During fy2015, 250 stoves were installed in guatemala and 159 in mexico.

public awareness and education: through every possible medium - electronic, visual, spoken and printed - habitat for humanity strives to put shelter on the hearts and minds of people in such a powerful way that poverty housing and homelessness become unacceptable. Habitat world magazine, with a circulation of about 1 million, is the flagship publication, and habitat. Org is the primary electronic vehicle for sharing habitat's vision and information about its mission with the public. Habitat is also very active on many social media platforms, and produces and distributes public service announcements. A brief sampling of some of fy2015's events and activities: - the 31st annual jimmy & rosalynn carter work project brought together more than 8,000 volunteers to build and repair homes in dallas and fort worth, texas, in october 2104, just days after president carter's 90th birthday. - habitat's 2015 shelter report, "less is more: transforming low-income communities through energy efficiency" researched the benefits of improving energy efficiency among lower-income households, and made the case that too many families face the challenge of energy costs that are excessive compared to their overall incomes. - in observance of the united nations-designated world habitat day on the first monday in october, habitat affiliates across the united states and organizations around the world staged special events to raised awareness and educate individuals and communities to call for programs, policies, and systems that make possible a world where everyone has a decent place to live. - habitat provides a variety of programs that enable hundreds of thousands of volunteers to work alongside homeowners in building and repairing safe, decent, affordable homes. Among these are global village trips, including a group of u. S. Vietnam war veterans who returned to vietnam to build homes with vietnamese partners; care-a-vanners, hundreds of retirees in mobile homes who crisscross the country helping others; women build; and collegiate challenge.

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Reviews for Habitat For Humanity International, Inc.

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

You know, it's funny when CEO'S and higher echalon are reluctant to tell their salary. It appears that Mr. Johathan Reckford's salary must be too large to give to the public. Besides he probably has never donated any free labor to help anybody. Back in the 80's the United Way was exposed to high salaries and overhead perhaps Mr. Reckford's regime needs it also. Let's wake up and spend money where it is needed, not in millionaires pockets.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Put everyone on hourly wages and make them donate their time to building a better America.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I am not sure why some people are posting reviews of local groups they have been involved with when these reviews are for the national organization. I'm sure that there are some local programs that are not well organized but I think internationally Habitat is doing a great job. They try to give people the boot straps to lift themselves up with. It is a requirement that recipients have the means to sustain themselves in order to keep their house and the local organizations provide help with finding jobs and setting up and managing their budgets so they don't loose their house. We have donated for over 30 years now on a monthly auto-pay plan and we are very proud of the national and the local organization we are involved with.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

When I was approached by our local Habitat for Humanity financial director and asked to help out while their current site supervisor went on vacation I thought it would be noble to help a great organization and I was glad to participate. I agreed to help them at less than 1/2 my normal wage and also donate some of my time. The first red flag of their incompetence was when I arrived at the site to see their volunteers slogging around in 8 to 12 inches of mud. I immediately went to purchase straw bales to spread around. Anyone who knows anything about construction site management knows you must do something to control muddy conditions. The cheap OSB siding was only painted on one side and it was scattered all over the place in the mud. The siding was being improperly installed with large gaps and no flashing. That was only the beginning of the Pandora's Box they handed me. I won't even begin listing the rest of the problems as they reared their head throughout the rest of the house. When I tried to explain to them about how to run an efficient job site, they would have none of it and I was treated with unbelievable contempt. Things only got worse from there and they continually blamed their problems on previously hired contractors who had quit. I was now beginning to understand why they had quit. I also quit because it was obvious that they were setting me up to be blamed in the future for their problems too. The treatment I received while working at less than 1/2 my normal wage and also donating a fair amount was unspeakable. I'm a highly skilled craftsman with over 30 years experience who has worked on multimillion dollar trophy homes from the ground up. Never again will I have anything to do with this organization.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

they wouldnt explain what was done with a donation and after i asked to unsubscribe they kept mailings up for 6 months

Was your donation impactful?

No

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

People are losing their homes, older people. If you are younger, have a couple of kids+, you need a home, try for a Habitat home, you need an income, yes I understand this, but HOW does a single mother with 3 kids move into a H.H. pay $350.00 a month, have $900.00 a month left over and pay whatever it takes to raise HER Kids? I called Habitat today, asked if these people can be receiving any type of AID, WELFARE...yes, they can, so as I look at it once again the tax payers are helping these people get into a H.H. when a lot of TAX PAYERS are losing thier homes...I was told they can get food stamps...well where in the hell do people think food stamps come from???? TREES???? If this is a Christian ran organization why doesn't the CHURCH pay for these homes? I as with MANY other tax payers do not have medical insurance but becuase she has 3 kids, she gets free medical WE pay for? She loses her job as a lot of people are doing in this day and age, then what?

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Due to a disaster, I am also a recipient. When my home was destroyed by a tornado in 2005 killing 25 people, we all were offered a Habitat home. I worked my sweat equity hours but when I finished, I just couldn't have my new home only a of couple miles from where the tornado hit. Having worked with the Red Cross, I understood this was a natural phenomenon . Eighteen months later, that feeling passed, I worked another 350 sweat equity hours. Unfortunately, that red flag feeling wasn't the moving near the disaster area but shoddy workmanship and no one that takes responsibility to ensure corrections are made. Instead, standing behind an imposed warranty when issues are really warped gables, siding cut too short, gaps from butted to five inches, steps that don't meet code (one rise is correct, 7 inches, the highest is 8 1/2 inches.) Nails are coming through vinyl flooring and in my house over 25 nails/screws are coming through the ceiling in my hallway, kitchen and living room. On some properties, landscaping directs water down the recipients foundation, two houses have siding where the color does not match and two more have thermal reflection issues but again the recipient was not educated as to what caused this nor was there a suggestion in how to correct it. One if not two homes have mold which necessitated a company come in and took care of the mold. On one web site a responder called the recipient stupid and probably had a filthy house suggesting she only had to use bleach. The ignorant one was the the person who suggested bleach. Bleach kills the mold but it doesn't address the issue of where the mold is coming form. One house has water wearing away the concrete because of the possibility that the gutters are not handling the runoff due to maybe the improper pitch of the gutter. Another house has a window that was not installed properly and daylight can be seen coming through the frame. I have contacted Mr. Reckford, (twice)Mr. Klein, and Mr. Carter and did not get a response from any of them. As a volunteer I am embarrassed that this workmanship was OK's by a home inspector let alone a Habitat construction director or his designee. When I searched the Internet, I see errors even worse than the above have occurred. When is there going to be some sort of accountability by this organization?

Charline Bridgeman/volunteer/recipient.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above and so much more.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Apparently there needs to be someone in a higher post that Habitat International that ensures these affiliates follow a standard guideline when it comes to construction, where houses are built above the 70% passing code requirements, 80% or higher would be better. All affiliates hire a Licensed construction contractor to insure construction is done right. After all, how many more minutes does it take to do things right and volunteers can learn to do it right.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Unsure

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

It was hard as a female to get the men to take me serious at first but I can't tell you how much I looked forward to working with them. Everyone needs a social network and every Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Saturday until two o'clock, those needs were met. I had a ball while doing something good for someone else.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Fine tuned what I already knew.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

That there is more to life than the medical field.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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I read a factual accounting about the founder of Habitat, who pretty much donated his talents and time to the cause, and how the current administrators took control of the Board and he was ungracefully elliminated. The chairman and administrators then gave themselves heafty salaries. Shame shame on them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have helped to prepare and serve meals to volunteer workers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

eliminate salaries, reimbursements given for expensis only.

 
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I was happy to contribute to Habitat after the Haiti earthquake. I was not so happy to begin receiving solicitations for donations even before I received a confirmation of my donation. Phone, email and mail solicitations continued on a DAILY basis, including weekends, evenings and weekend evenings. I received as many as 6 phone calls per day.

I question the % spent on fundraising when subsidizing literally thousands of contacts to one person in one year.

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The number of solicitation requests bordered on harassment. I would never contribute to this organization again.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fire the fund-raising company

 
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I guess it's just me being cynical, but after looking at Habitat's financials---or maybe I'm just reading it wrong. But for a charity to be sitting on $201,579,376 in assets and doing nothing with it in the face of the housing crisis is...obscene.

IS there something in the bylaws that PREVENTS your charity from stepping in, developing a program, to lend a hand to some EXISTING homeowners who are in crisis because the mortgage lending industry is taking full advantage of the low fed lending rates AND the depressed real estate market to DENY approving mortgages?

And here's another thing that keeps me from shopping in the Habitat stores.

At one time, long before the "net assets" topped $200 million, I suppose, the donations to Habitat's stores were also giving a helping hand to those whose budgets were under strain already by keeping prices on the donated material within the budget of the lower income segment.
Not so anymore.
The donated items are comp-priced by using the internet at the stores here in Charlotte, NC, and probably across the country? I don't actually know for sure, but I can't see one "district" operating outside the corporate line.
And I just realized I said CORPORATE...it just flowed into my head automatically. Uncomfortable, that.
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The prices in the Habitat for Humanity stores here in Charlotte, NC now are above what low-income families can afford, but are "bargain priced" for the upper middle-class. Their practice of pricing via internet listings have changed the demographic of the store, and eliminated a resource for lower income families.

All things considered, Habitat for Humanity seems to have morphed into a "charity corporation" resembling those "religious corporations" that also sit on their assets like King Midas of old.

Why would a charity need to sit on $200,000,000?
How can a charity justify sitting on $200,000,000?
Any CHARITY?


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This charity once benefited the buying public who struggled in the lower income bracket. No longer. The Habitat stores in Charlotte, NC are going for top price now.. ..checking prices on the internet. But we "economically challenged" people can't afford those prices. So now instead of a store where a young couple, or an elderly lady on Social Security could afford a nice cabinet, or carpet, it's a store for and better heeled---middle class Rather like "two Faces of Eve" charity, if you get my drift.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Lower the salaries of the executives. Develop a program to help current homeowners by perhaps underwriting loans that banks are unwilling to write because standards now are so high Make the stores completely transparent by writing the "SOLD price" on the ticket for others to see. Why should the price be private? I'd like to KNOW what John Jones who bought all 10 of the items I needed one of paid for them. i.e. Charge cost+ 10% to builders, decorators, etc by reminding them that Habitat is a charity.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

How did you learn about this organization?

When Jimmy Carter first broke ground.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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