The story and philosophy of Habitat for Humanity organization and it's founder, who build and renovate homes for low-income persons.
Millard Fuller was the founder and former president of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit organization known globally for building houses for those in need, and the founder and former president of The Fuller Center for Housing. Fuller was widely regarded as the leader of the modern-day movement for affordable housing and had been honored for his work in the United States and abroad. The possibility of utilizing the Fund for Humanity to address housing needs in the United States on a broader scale began in San Antonio, Texas, in 1976. Concerned residents worked with Fuller to develop a program using volunteer labor to construct affordable, safe houses for needy families in San Antonio's slums. Soon the idea took hold in Appalachia, and by 1981, just five years from its inception, Habitat for Humanity had affiliates in fourteen states and seven foreign countries.
Disputes between Fuller and the Habitat International board of directors regarding the direction of the organization came to a head in 2004. He and Linda were fired in March 2005 amid unfounded allegations of inappropriate behavior by him directed toward a female employee and conflicting opinions about future plans for Habitat's expansion. The Habitat board investigated Fuller for sexual harassment but found âinsufficient proof of inappropriate conduct.â Mr. Fuller died in February, 2009.