After more than 30 years of operation, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) can boast of building more than 200,000 houses for poor people around the world, of bringing thousands of Christians to work sites, and of helping countless people understand how faith and social action go together. Founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in Georgia in 1976, Habitat has affiliates throughout the U.S. and in more than 90 nations. Ask a mainline Christian about the “theology of the hammer” and most will recognize the language of Habitat.
In recent years, HFHI has had its share of turmoil. In 2005 the Fullers were dismissed as leaders—part of a divisive confrontation between the HFHI governing board and the founders. The conflict centered both on Millard Fuller’s behavior and on what some saw as the board’s desire to take a more business-oriented approach to the operation.