Our History

Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. Today, Habitat for Humanity is a true world and local leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing.


Habitat for Humanity International

Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has worked in partnership with families to build, rehabilitate or repair more than 1 million houses around the world, providing more than 5 million people with safe, decent, affordable shelter. We have more than 1,500 local affiliates in the United States and more than 70 national organizations around the world. Habitat for Humanity is the 10th largest homebuilder in the United States.

Your Local Habitat

Locally, Habitat for Humanity Capital District was founded in 1988 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. In 2012, the Rensselaer County Habitat affiliate merged with Habitat for Humanity Capital District. We now proudly serve Albany, Rensselaer and Southern Saratoga Counties. Habitat affiliates are all independent and locally run nonprofit organizations. Each affiliate is responsible for coordinating all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area, including fundraising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction, and mortgage servicing.

To date, HfHCD has built 92 homes for hardworking families in the Capital District—and we will complete our 100th house in 2015!

Building in Rensselaer County

Learn more about our history in Rensselaer County.

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Building in Albany County

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Our Global Partners

Each year HfHCD tithes a portion of our undesignated contributions to Habitat for Humanity International to fund housebuilding work in other nations. Since our inception, HfHCD has tithed over $90,000 to our partner countries, enabling the building of 33 homes internationally.


As a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization, Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing – making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Our ministry was founded on the deep conviction that everyman, woman and child should have a simple, decent place to live in dignity and safety.

CDHFH has an open-door policy. We welcome everyone who desires to be a part of our work. We build with people in need regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity and we welcome volunteers and supporters of all backgrounds.

Habitat is driven by the desire to give tangible expression to the love of God through the work of eliminating poverty housing. Our mission and methods are predominately derived from a few key theological concepts.

  • Putting faith into action

Habitat’s ministry is based on the conviction that to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, we must love and care for one another. Our love must not be words only- it must be true love, which shows itself in action.

  • The economics of Jesus

When we act in response to human need, giving what we have without seeking profit, we believe God magnifies the effects of our efforts. We refer to this perspective as “the economics of Jesus.” Together, the donated labor of construction volunteers, the support of partner organizations and the homeowners’ “sweat equity” make Habitat’s mission possible.

  • The theology of the hammer

Everyone can use the hammer as an instrument to manifest God’s love. Habitat’s late founder Millard Fuller, called this concept “the theology of the hammer.” We may disagree on all sorts of other things,” said Fuller, “but we can agree on the idea of building homes with God’s people in need, and in doing so using biblical economics: no profit and no interest.”

Non-proselytizing policy

Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will HfH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HfH. This means that HfH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.