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Habitat for Humanity International announced a huge milestone this week, as the organization surpassed 1 million families served worldwide! These 1 million families represent over 5 million people who have improved their living conditions through Habitat housing since the organization was founded in 1976.

“We are delighted to achieve this incredible milestone and have seen the positive influence a stable home can have on families,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Because of a house, families have better access to health, financial security, education and employment opportunities. We want to continue building impact so that millions more people can have decent, safe places to live.”

And here in Portland, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East has contributed to this number with the 300 homes built locally in partnership with hardworking families.  We have also built 298 homes worldwide through our affiliate’s tithe to international Habitat programs.

In addition to the families served through direct housing solutions, 1.6 million more people have the potential to improve their housing conditions through a variety of Habitat services including advocacy efforts that changed policies and systems to allow more access to shelter solutions, as well as training in construction and financial management.

Our affiliate is so grateful for all your support in making the Portland Metro area a better place for everyone who lives here, as well as helping us achieve our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to call home.

To learn more about Habitat’s global efforts, check out Habitat for Humanity International’s annual report.