Millard & Linda Fuller

Millard and Linda Fuller founded Habitat for Humanity, a Christian organization with “open arms” to all who want to be involved, to build affordable houses. Habitat for Humanity requires that the families who live in the homes participate in the building of them. Habitat has built more than 800,000 homes for families in more than 1,700 U.S. cities and 70 countries worldwide. Through the work of Habitat, over 1 million families have been served since it's founding in 1976.

Social issues Millard & Linda Fuller addressed:

  • Inadequate housing
  • Poverty

Social issues that need to be addressed today:

  • Housing - On a single night in January 2014, 578,424 people were experiencing homelessness—meaning they were sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program.  From 2013 to 2014, a period of ongoing recovery from the Great Recession, overall homelessness decreased by 2.3 percent and homelessness decreased among every major subpopulation: unsheltered persons (10 percent), families (2.7 percent), chronically homeless individuals (2.5 percent), and veterans (10.5 percent). Homelessness may be decreasing, possibly due to improvements in the homeless assistance system, but this system alone cannot overcome the affordable housing crisis. Housing remains unaffordable for a large swath of the American public. Source
  • Poverty - Worst case needs affect all major racial and ethnic groups. Hispanic and non-Hispanic white households experienced the largest increases in the number of both very low-income renters and worst case needs since 2009. As a result, 48 percent of new cases of worst case needs were found among white, 28 percent among Hispanic, and 13 percent from black households. Source