Mission Statement – Habitat for Humanity Detroit

Putting God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings together people to build homes, communities and hope.


History of Habitat for Humanity International

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Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit, Christian-based organization whose mission is to provide low-income families with decent, affordable housing in which they can raise their families

The organization was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1977. This housing ministry has grown over the years to a global organization with the 300,000th house being built in 2008. Habitat for Humanity affiliates are located in all 50 states in the U.S.A., the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.


Habitat Tithe Program

Through the Habitat for Humanity International Tithe program, Habitat Detroit has served over 200 families internationally. 

Important Milestones

1986 – Affiliate founded by Fred and Ellen Schippert.

1986 – Purchased our first three houses for $1.00 each. Work begins on renovating houses on the east side.

1987 – Thomas family moves into the first Habitat Detroit renovated home.

1989 – One of several nonprofits to receive proceeds from Christmas Light Show at Domino Farms. Donation was large enough to enable the rehabilitation of one house.

1991 – Work expands to west side of Detroit.

1992 – First Habitat for Humanity Detroit Work-A-Thon.

1993 – Lutheran Brotherhood becomes first Adopt-A-House participant.

1995 – Archer/McNamera Blitz Build – Over 1000 volunteers build 15 new homes in five days in the Westwood Park neighborhood.

1997 – Archer/McNamera Blitz Build – twenty additional new homes built in Westwood Park neighborhood in six days.

1998 – Oprah Winfrey House is first house built in the Creekside neighborhood on east side of Detroit

1999 – ROCC Build – constructed eight new homes in Creekside.

2000 – Nine new homes built in the Creekside neighborhood, including two “First Ladies Build” homes.

2001 – Nine homes started in late 2000 completed in early 2001.

2001 – Announced the Tri-Centennial Village project in Core City Neighborhoods.

2001 – Celebrated our 15th anniversary!

2002 – Dedication of the 100th Habitat for Humanity Detroit home.

2003 – Dedication of the Taylor home, the 2000th Habitat for Humanity home built in Michigan, by Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity International.

2003 – Blitz Build ’03 – sixteen new homes built in Tri-Centennial Village as part of Habitat Detroit’s celebration of Building on Faith.

2003 – Habitat for Humanity International announces Detroit selected as a host site for the 22nd annual Jimmy Carter Work Project to be held June 2005.

2003 – Honored with 2003 Affiliate of the Year award.

2004 – Blitz Build ’04 – five new homes built on Jane Street in one week; the first residential construction in northeast Detroit in 30 years.

2005 – Jimmy Carter Work Project 2005 – led by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, over 1500 volunteers gather in southwest Detroit to build 30 homes in one week.

2006 – Habitat Detroit partnered with Oakland and Macomb Counties for the SuperBuild, which was a lead-up event to Super Bowl XL, and where 40 wall sets were constructed and sent to three Texas affiliates to be built permanently for hurricane evacuees. Five new homes were built during the Home Builders Blitz. We also started construction in Morning Side Commons, an eastside neighborhood, in partnership with U-SNAP-BAC, a non-profit, community development corporation to revitalize the neighborhood. Habitat Detroit kicked off their commitment with a 12 house Blitz Build in September.

2007 – Habitat Detroit conducted its annual Blitz Build in June with the construction of 12 houses.

2008 – A memorable year in the construction of Habitat homes. Every house that Habitat Detroit built was Energy Star Certified. In addition, Green Build construction techniques were incorporated to lessen the impact of construction on our environment. This ensures the house is providing a very healthy living environment with air quality standards. All houses met strict testing guidelines that resulted in their Michigan Green Build Certification. The year topped off with a 7 house blitz in September.

2011 – Partnership begins with Habitat for Humanity Oakland County ReStore.

2012 – Habitat Detroit opens new ReStore location on Detroit’s east side on Mack Avenue, just north of Cadieux.

2012 – Habitat Detroit launches “Leaders to ReBuild Detroit”, a three-year $25 million initiative to engage Detroit’s corporate leaders in revitalizing the city.

2012 – Habitat Detroit celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary with the Red Carpet Bash on February 26.

2013 – Habitat Detroit builds its 100th home in the Morningside neighborhood on Detroit’s east side. Habitat also begins construction on 12 homes in Dearborn.

2014 – Habitat Detroit builds 7 homes during its annual Blitz Build event in the Morningside neighborhood on Detroit’s east side.