In 1965 Millard and Linda Fuller, visited Koinonia, a farming community founded in 1942 by Clarence Jordan. There, Jordan and the Fullers developed the idea for affordable housing that would later become Habitat for Humanity.
Jordan and the Fullers developed the idea of partnership-housing where those needing shelter would work with volunteers to build simple, decent homes. The houses would be built with no profit added or interest charged. In addition the funds for construction would come from a revolving fund called the Fund for Humanity. The fund's money would come from donations, new homeowner's house payments, no-interest loans from supporters, and fund-raising events. This way Habitat could continue to build houses for those in need.
In September 1976, the Fullers met with supporters to discuss the future of their dream. Habitat for Humanity was officially born at this meeting. The following eight years proved that the vision of a perpetual housing fund would work. Faith, hard work and direction set Habitat on its successful course.
Through the work of Habitat, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups, and others have joined together to tackle a significant social problem - decent living for all.
Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity began in 1986 and is quickly approaching 100 homes built in the Salt Lake Valley. At this writing over 350 people have benefitted from owning a Habitat home. These families are "paying it forward" each time they make their zero percent mortgage payment-- this revenue is placed into building future homes for Habitat families.
In 2012 Salt Lake Valley Habitat established the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) which seeks to eliminate sub-standard housing along the Wasatch Front. Over 100 critical repairs to existing homes have been completed-- in many instances these homes were threatening the health and welfare of children and seniors.
Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity continues to be a community solution for decent, safe and affordable housing in Salt Lake County.