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Habitat for Humanity Tops BUILDER 100 List for Private U.S. Home Builders

Tyler, TX (May 26, 2016) – BUILDER magazine has ranked Habitat for Humanity as the No. 1 private home builder on BUILDER 100, its annual listing of the largest U.S. home builders. This is the second year in a row Habitat’s work across the country has been recognized as a top builder of affordable housing in the U.S.

 Each year, BUILDER compiles data from U.S. builders and ranks them by the number of closings for BUILDER 100. With 3,237 closings in 2015, Habitat topped the private home builder list and placed No. 16 on the comprehensive list.

 “It is a privilege to work alongside future homeowners as they help build their new homes,” said Jack Wilson, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Smith County. “Helping build their own home and paying for the home with an affordable mortgage empowers people to transform their lives.”

 Habitat for Humanity of Smith County is one of nearly 1,400 Habitat organizations in the U.S. and has worked in the Smith County community for nearly 27 years, helping families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future for themselves through decent and affordable housing. In fiscal year 2015, over 300 individuals logged over 4,000 hours volunteering with Smith County Habitat to help the organization build new homes and improve existing homes.

“We are honored to be recognized as the top private home builder on this year’s BUILDER 100,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “This is a wonderful achievement for us and it could not have been accomplished without the support of our donors and volunteers, who help us empower families through shelter in every community we work in throughout the U.S.”

 About Habitat for Humanity of Smith County

Habitat for Humanity of Smith County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the belief that all people need a decent place to live. Working with homeowners and future homeowners, we build strength, stability and self-reliance as we build and improve shelter. Smith County Habitat was formed in 1989. In the past 27 years, Habitat for Humanity of Smith County has built over 100 homes and completed over 350 critical repairs on existing homes. For more information, visit the Smith County Habitat website at www.smithcountyhabitat.org or call 903-595-6630.

 About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit 
habitat.org.

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