Habitat by the Numbers

Local Milestones

  • March 1983: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis was founded by a group of concerned individuals who saw the critical need for decent, affordable housing in the city of Memphis.

  • 1984: The first Memphis Habitat home was built in partnership with Savannah and Billy Simmons.

  • October 2007: Memphis Habitat dedicated its 300th home in the Nehemiah neighborhood.

  • May 2009: Memphis Habitat broke ground on Trinity Park, its first planned development of 38 homes.

  • September 2010: Memphis Habitat began construction on the first five Trinity Park homes.

  • October 2010: Memphis Habitat dedicated 28 homes at one time, which is the most in its history.

  • June 2011: Memphis Habitat moved to 7136 Winchester Road and opened a ReStore next door at 7130 Winchester Road.

Locally in 2010

  • 45 people were welcomed home. 20 were adults, and 25 were children.

  • 54.5 percent were disabled or have special needs.

  • 75 percent of the families housed had moved four or more times in the past 10 years.

  • 59 corporate sponsors assisted with Habitat projects.

  • Six full-house sponsors participated in Habitat projects.

  • 34 faith partners assisted with Habitat projects.

  • Two faith partners built twice a year.

  • 2,272 volunteers participated in Habitat projects.

  • Memphis Habitat tithed $7,700 to Habitat for Humanity International to help build homes for impovished families overseas.

*Numbers are from Memphis Habitat's 2009-2010 annual report


  • There are 52 Habitat for Humanity affiliates that serve 62 counties in Tennessee.

  • Founded in 1977, Appalachia Habitat for Humanity was the second affiliate in the world and the first affiliate in Tennessee.

  • Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Tennessee build double the national of Habitat for Humanity homes per state.

  • In early 2010, Habitat affiliates celebrated their 3,000th house built in Tennessee.

  • Habitat affiliates in Tennessee work in partnership with families to build more than 200 houses annually.

  • Habitat affiliates in Tennessee have tithed $3.4 million to help 1,318 international partner families realize their dream of affordable homeownership.

  • In 2008, the average Habitat house cost in Tennessee was $63,000 while the average appraisal was 40 percent higher.

  • Habitat affiliates in Tennessee have a 2.9 percent foreclosure rate.

  • 91 percent of Habitat for Humanity houses built in Tennessee in the last 10 years are still occupied by the original homeowner.

  • There are 28 Habitat Restores in Tennessee engaging the community to donate and recycle to free up our landfills and to raise money to build more houses.

For more information, visit http://habitattn.org.


  • Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has worked in partnership with families to build more than 500,000 houses around the world.

  • In 1984, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn took their first Habitat work trip, the Jimmy Carter Work Project, to New York City.

  • In its first 24 years, Habitat for Humanity built 100,000 houses with people in need of decent, affordable shelter.

  • Nine years later, another 250,000 houses had been completed.

  • Today, more than 1.75 million people are now living in Habitat homes.

  • Habitat for Humanity and its partners are committed to a world where every man, woman and child has a safe and healthy place to live.

  • Worldwide, approximately 100 million people are homeless.

  • More than 1 billion people live in shelters built out of flimsy materials, with irregular or no electricity and without adequate sanitation or security.

  • In the U.S., more than 33 million people live in poverty. This number reflects a family of four living on $17,850 per year or less.

  • Some 95 million Americans, approximately one-third of the total U.S. population, face housing problems. Of that 95 million, one-third spends more than 30 percent of their income on housing.

  • Some 5.1 million American families have "worst-case" housing needs, forced to pay more than half their income for housing, endure overcrowded conditions and/or live in houses with severe physical deficiencies.

For more information, visit http://www.habitat.org.

Our Mission

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry, is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing from the city of Memphis and surrounding areas, while making decent housing for all people a matter of conscience and action.



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7136 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38125


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