Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry based in the United States that provides shelter in America and around the world. Since its founding in 1976 Habitat has helped to build more than 200,000 homes and had acquired affiliates in more than 90 countries on six continents. Local Habitat affiliates operate independently, while the central organization provides coordination and support services. Homes are provided at a low cost, while Habitat homeowners must commit to repaying their zero-interest mortgages, as well as contribute hundreds of hours in "sweat equity" working beside construction volunteers. Though inspired by Christian principles, the organization encourages people of any faith to participate in its program, either as volunteers or as potential homeowners. Former US President Jimmy Carter is Habitat's most well-known public advocate and partner.