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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

Mike West, Americorps VISTA​​​​​​



Bob Adams - Chair (Housing Consultant, former CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition
Jayne Johnson - Vice Chair (Piedmont Habitat)
John Hanna - Treasurer (Louisa County Habitat)
Therese Cashen - Secretary (Loudoun Habitat)
Don Ritenour (Former Managing Director of Development for Virginia Housing
Mary Kay Huss (Richmond Metro Habitat)
Natasha Bugey (United Way Worldwide)
Lance Barton (Staunton Augusta Waynesboro Habitat)
Maerine "Mimi" Mitchell (Peninsula Greater Williamsburg Habitat)
Brian Clark (Habitat of the Roanoke Valley)

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