History & Ministry
Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976. The organization’s 2,300+ affiliates have built or rehabilitated more than 600,000 houses and served over 3 million people worldwide. Habitat for Humanity is the 10th largest homebuilder in the United States.
Habitat for Humanity Capital District was founded in 1988 as the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. We 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 its local area, including fundraising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction and mortgage servicing. To help support HfHI’s work, each year HfHCD tithes a portion of our undesignated contributions to Habitat for Humanity International to fund house-building work in other nations. Since our inception, HfHCD has tithed over $80,000 to our partner countries, enabling the building of more than 30 homes internationally.
As a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization, CDHFH is dedicated to elimating 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.”
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.