FAQ

Q: What is The Fuller Center for Housing?

The Fuller Center for Housing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that seeks to eradicate poverty housing by promoting partnerships with individuals and community groups to build and rehabilitate homes for people in need.

Q: Why did Millard Fuller leave Habitat for Humanity?

After a successful record of 29 years as founder and President of Habitat for Humanity International, the board of directors decided in 2005 that it was time to part ways with its founder and his wife, Linda, due to major differences, primarily about Habitat’s vision and operating philosophy. Millard, along with Linda, created The Fuller Center to continue their grass-roots and Christ-centered mission of eliminating poverty housing around the world.

Q: What is the Greater Blessings Home Repair Program?

Through The Fuller Center's Greater Blessing repair program, homeowners who lack the funds or physical ability to keep their homes in a state of minimum repair can apply to a Fuller Center covenant partner to have their homes restored to a simple, decent living condition. Once repairs are complete, The Fuller Center works with each homeowner to help them structure an affordable repayment plan. All of this is done without charging interest, without the use of a mortgage and without requiring the title to the property as collateral. Jesus taught that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

The Greater Blessing ministry is based on this teaching. Homeowners are "paying it forward," because their payments enter a fund used exclusively for other Greater Blessing repair projects. Many people don’t feel comfortable being a charity case. Our founder, Millard Fuller, believed that providing opportunities to work in partnership enhances human dignity, which is why these home repairs are not given away.

Q: How are families selected?

All decisions about family selection are managed by the board of directors of each local covenant partner. Income requirements vary from community to community. However, there are three basic criteria:

  • Applicant need (can't qualify for conventional loans)
  • Applicant willingness to partner (“sweat equity” volunteer hours required)
  • Applicant ability to pay for materials for the project
 

Applicants to the Greater Blessings Program are assured of complete anonymity during the selection process. All applications are submitted to the Family Selection Committee to the with only a number assigned. All identifying details of the applicant are removed until after selection has been made.

Q: How can I get involved and help?

There are several ways to become involved. As a tightly-run, cost-conscious organization, we are always in need of people’s time, talents and treasures. Just click on the "Get Involved" button to the right to learn about more unique ways to help this ministry serve others. We have listed just a few of your options below:

1.Volunteer - Individuals committed to building and renovating homes can contact us to join one of our upcoming builds. No experience is necessary.

2. Donate - We welcome all donations to fund our programs. Tax-deductible contributions can be mailed to: The Fuller Center for Housing of Los Angeles, 12618 George Reyburn Rd, Garden Grove, CA 92845. You may also make a donation online. In-kind donations of food for volunteers, building materials and services are also greatly appreciated.

3. Share the message -

  • Tell your family, friends and colleagues about The Fuller Center and its work
  • Create a fundraising drive at your office or school
  • Direct people to The Fuller Center's Web site
  • Print out for flyers to pass out at your office or church, almost everyone knows somebody who could use our help
  • Send letters to everyone on your holiday card list about the work of The Fuller Center
  • Talk to your church leaders about sponsoring a family or forming volunteer teams.
  • Become a fan of The Fuller Center for Housing of Los Angeles on Facebook