A Christian housing ministry plans to build, repair and dedicate more than 100 homes for low-income families over Labor Day Week.
Between Sept. 3 and 11, more than 1,000 volunteers will participate in the second annual Millard Fuller Legacy Build. The worldwide effort, which will see homes being built in Nigeria and Nepal, is organized by the ecumenical Fuller Center for Housing.
The event is meant to honor the late Millard Fuller, who helped build some 200,000 homes during his life. Fuller was the co-founder of Habitat for Humanity.
"I am grateful for the hundreds of ways Millard has been honored over his lifetime," said Linda Fuller, Millard's wife of nearly 50 years. "However, what meant the most to him was a family moving from substandard housing to a decent home of their own."
Indianapolis will serve as the international host city for this year's event. In Indianapolis, 300 volunteers will renovate 15 homes and build seven new homes and two ReNew homes – those obtained through foreclosures.
The ministry noted that the build takes place during a time when housing need is high. There are high foreclosure rates across the United States, and the United Nations estimates more than 1 billion people worldwide live in urban slums.
The Legacy Build will help those who do not qualify for conventional home loans, or who cannot afford to renovate their home.
"This will be a great demonstration of our commitment to eliminating poverty housing one house at a time," remarked David Snell, president of Fuller Center, in an announcement.
Both The Fuller Center for Housing and Habitat for Humanity describe themselves as faith-driven and Christ-centered housing ministries that work with and build houses for people regardless of their race or religion.
Habitat has provided affordable housing for more than 300,000 families worldwide.