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Habitat for Humanity, initially called Partnership Housing, was incorporated in 1976. It was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable, and affordable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.


Habitat for Humanity is not a giveaway program. Habitat’s families buy the houses that Habitat builds and renovates.  Habitat ensures the monthly housing payment will not exceed 30% of a family's monthly income, and often extends 0% interest mortgages to make that possible. Habitat homeowners also invest hundreds of hours of their own labor working alongside volunteers. With teams of volunteers and "sweat equity" contributed by owners, local Habitat affiliates have helped provide decent, affordable housing to over 49 million families in all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 other countries. Habitat for Humanity International is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Habitat for Humanity Virginia, as the state office, supports the efforts of local affiliates by providing training., technical assistance, and other resources that will empower them to serve their clientele more effectively and efficiently. Habitat Virginia also advocates at state and national levels for legislation and funding to expand affordable housing options across Virginia. 

Locally in Virginia, there are 39 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity building and rehabbing homes every day serving hard-working families in the Commonwealth.  To get in touch with your local affiliate, you can find them here.

If you have more questions, please feel free to contact our staff.


Overton McGehee, Executive Director

Casey Reed, Deputy Director

Patricia Hott, Senior Program Manager

Gwen Christmas, Project Manager

Marcia Joseph, Project Manager

Maureen Burkhill, Grant Writer

Cathy Plageman, Major Gifts Officer

Mike West, Americorps VISTA​​​​​​



Bob Adams - Chair (Founder, HD Consultants, former Executive Director of the National Low Income Housing Coalition
Jayne Johnson - Vice Chair (Executive Director, Piedmont Habitat)
John Hanna - Treasurer (former Chair, Louisa County Habitat)
Therese Cashen - Secretary (Executive Director, Loudoun Habitat)
Don Ritenour (retired Deputy Director for Virginia Housing Development Authority)
Mary Kay Huss (former Executive Director, Richmond Metro Habitat for Humanity)
Natasha Stewart (Director of Mission, United Way of South Hampton Roads)
Lance Barton (Executive Director, Staunton Augusta Waynesboro Habitat)
Maerine "Mimi" Mitchell (Vice President, Peninsula Greater Williamsburg Habitat)

Wanda Stevens (Executive Director, Staunton Redevelopment & Housing Authority)
Orlando Artze (retired LISC)

Brian Clark (Construction Manager, Habitat for Humanity of the Roanoke Valley

Mike Hawkins (retired, Virginia Housing)

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