Habitat's new controls concern some affliates, including New Orleans

Requirements unprecedented
A months-long effort by Habitat for Humanity International to retool relations with its 1,600 local affiliates has raised concerns in Habitat’s productive operation in New Orleans, where volunteers have built more than 100 low-cost replacement homes since Hurricane Katrina.

The dispute recently surfaced publicly in Texas, when the San Antonio affiliate—the oldest in a far-flung Habitat organization—charged in federal court that Habitat for Humanity International sought to impose unprecedented controls on the local affiliates.

The suit said the international office warned affiliates that they could be stripped of the valuable “Habitat for Humanity” brand if they didn’t agree to a new “U.S. Affiliate Agreement.”


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