History – Timeline & Milestones (1994-1999)

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Linda and Millard in 19951995

Millard Fuller named Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine.

“Building on Faith Week” joins the annual Day of Prayer and Action for Human Habitat as annual September observances.

Dedication of HFHI’s 40,000th house in Twin Cities area of Minneapolis, Minn.

HFHI’s second cookbook, Home Sweet Habitat and two children’s books published.

Millard Fuller’s sixth book, A Simple, Decent Place to Live, published.

JCWP held in Los Angeles in Watts area (21 houses in 5 days) – a number of Hollywood stars participate.

HFHI Headquarters, Rylander Building 19961996

Millard Fuller receives Presidential Medal of Freedom, highest civilian honor in United States presented by President William Clinton.

HFHI dedicates its 50,000th house worldwide in Pensacola, Fla., during the 1996 Building on Faith week. Habitat’s

50,001st house is celebrated in Mexico City, as well as the 6,500th Habitat house built in Mexico.

Millard Fuller inducted into the Housing Hall of Fame at National Association of Home Builders headquarters in Washington, D.C. 500 Jimmy Carter Work Project participants gather in Vác, Hungary, to build 10 houses.

Habitat for Humanity begins building in its 50th nation, Romania.

Three Habitat publications win awards in the 1996 Gold Circle Awards competition sponsored by the American Society for Association Executives. Millard speaks at UN-Habitat in Turkey 1996

Judging by popular support, HFHI is ranked in the top dozen favorite charities in the U.S., according to a November article in The NonProfit Times.

India’s first affiliate, HFH Khammam, celebrates its 12th anniversary and dedicates its 1,000th house.

1997

Georgia Ailene Fuller marries Manfred Luedi of Siebnen, Switzerland.

Leaders of the United States Congress kick off National Homeownership Week by beginning work with Habitat on “The Houses that Congress Built.”

Habitat celebrates 10 years of formal partnership with students through its Campus Chapters and Youth Programs (CCYP) department.

Oprah Winfrey challenges her TV viewers to “build an Oprah house” and presents HFHI’s Board Chair Wayne Walker with a check for $55,000.

Two years later, the program nearly met its goal of 200 homes nationwide. Millard receives Presidential Medal of Freedom 1996

Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, donates royalties from his book True Love to HFHI.

Third in cookbook series, Simple Decent Cooking, edited by Linda Fuller is published.

1998

Habitat for Humanity ranks as the 15th largest homebuilder in the U.S., according to a ranking done by Professional Builder magazine. The ranking was based on the number of house closings through Dec. 31, 1997.

Eighty affiliates in 33 states celebrate their 10th anniversaries.

HFHI’s 500th campus chapter, St. Norbert College in DePere, Wis., dedicates the 100th house built in 1998 by college and high school students.

Maxwell House concludes a two-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity in which the company donated $2 million in matching funds to promote the building of 100 Habitat houses in 100 weeks with 100 Habitat affiliates in the U.S.

“Building on Faith Week”– 300+ houses built in 200 locations.

CCYP – 7,200 students participate in “Collegiate Challenge Spring Break” house building with HFH affiliates raising $550,000.

Pensacola (FL) HFH – Built three houses in one day.
Millard with homeowners in South Korea 1998
Nashville (TN) HFH – Broke record of fastest built HFH house for the second time in U.S. – four hours, 39 minutes, eight seconds.

JCWP held in Houston, Texas – 100 houses in five days.

Millard Fuller named one of “100 Most Influential People in Home Building in U.S.” by Builder magazine.

Millard Fuller named one of 20 Georgians who most influenced the 20th Century by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

1999

More than 15,000 houses built this year bringing total to 80,000 houses total worldwide; 5,000 built in Guatemala alone.

Jimmy Carter Work Project held in the Philippines – largest JCWP ever – 14,000 volunteers from 32 countries participating. The goal for the six sites of 293 houses in five days was accomplished.

Millard Fuller receives the National Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service in the category of Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged.

Manakau HFH, New Zealand breaks record for fastest built a house: three hours three hMillard in Botswana 1999ours, 44 minutes and 59 seconds.

A new program, the “21st Century Challenge,” encourages communities to set a date by which they will eliminate local poverty housing.

HFHI relocates its Latin America/Caribbean office from Americus to San Jose, Costa Rica, in an effort to decentralize and move services closer to the field.

“Building on Faith Week” – 500+ homes (up 200 from previous year).

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