Millard Fuller, a visionary who created a new model for affordable housing that was successful both in the United States and abroad, passed away this morning. He was 74.
Millard Fuller, a hero of housers everywhere.
Fuller founded Habitat for Humanity in 1976. The Americus, Georgia non-profit utilized a new means for lowering housing costs that worked well in many contexts. Residents contributed their labor to both bind their commitment to their new home as well as to the homes of others. The spirit of service brought a passion for housing clients that was then joined by scores of outside volunteers. Residents generally received a no-interest loan to pay off the portion of their housing costs not covered by "sweat equity."
This use of sweat equity empowered people all over the world to overcome costs associated with housing.
In 2005, he split from Habitat and founded his own group, the Fuller Center for Housing in Americus. It did the same work, also from Americus.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution credits organizations that Fuller led with creating more than 300,000 homes.
On his organization's website, the Fuller family asks that gifts be made to either the Fuller Center or Habitat, or that people would volunteer in service to helping to create housing.