Historical Imperative

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Habitat for Humanity was born on Koinonia Farm, a special place in South Georgia that tested the theory of radical inclusivity, at a time when inclusivity was seen by some as an existential threat.

On the farm, Clarence Jordan and Habitat's eventual founders Millard and Linda Fuller developed the concept of "partnership housing," which ultimately grew into Habitat for Humanity. But Koinonia Farm was also an historically rare experiment in racial diversity, inclusion and equity that helped create the foundation from which Habitat for Humanity's vision was born.

Habitat for Humanity's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. It is a vision that's welcoming to all and embraces diverse views. Our vision knows that no matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life.

We recognize that more must be done in order to build an equitable community where every family can thrive. We also recognize that in order to build upon Habitat's inclusive roots, we need to continually strive for racial equity in all aspects of our work. Here are just a few of the ways our staff and board are taking action now:

  • Learn from and share the history of racial equity and housing.
  • Hire a Vice President of People and Culture to oversee and expand our diversity, equity, and inclusion work with staff, board, and leadership.
  • Thoroughly examine our internal practices and policies to better meet the needs of communities of color, including clients, supporters, staff, and community partners.