Midcoast Habitat for Humanity helped Habitat for Humanity achieve the rank of No. 8 on the Builder 100 list, marking the first time the nonprofit has been among the top 10 biggest builders in the United States. The list also shows that Habitat for Humanity, with 5,294 closings last year, moved up three spots in 2009 from its 2008 ranking of No. 11.

Midcoast Habitat for Humanity has been building simple, decent affordable housing with their partner families in Knox County since 1989. To date they have built 21 houses and will break ground for their 22nd house in mid-August.

“As we look forward, we are enthusiastic about broadening our scope of services as well as increasing the number of houses we build annually to serve more hard working low-income families,” said MHFH Executive Director Tia Anderson. “Affordable housing is essential to building strong communities and Midcoast Habitat for Humanity is committed to continuing to make a positive contribution to the development of Knox County communities.”

In 2009, Habitat affiliates repaired 710 homes nationwide, up from 621 homes in 2008. Around the world, Habitat for Humanity helped 61,005 low-income families by building 23,657 new houses and rehabilitating or repairing 37,348 houses.

Builder magazine’s annual Builder 100 list compiles data provided by the nation’s builders, including their closings.

“Habitat for Humanity affiliates have been working in more than 1,500 communities in the U.S. to ensure that more than 5,200 families had a new or renovated affordable home to live in last year,” said Mark Andrews, senior director of U.S. operations for Habitat for Humanity International. “We could not have accomplished this work without the sustained support of local leaders, volunteers and donors.”

Established as a nonprofit organization in 1989, Midcoast Habitat has built homes in the communities of Camden, Rockland, Hope, South Hope, Thomaston and Warren. For more information on Habitat for Humanity visit habitat.org.