"As the housing and financial crisis struck several years ago, the large publicly traded builders, including D.R. Horton Inc. (DHI) and KB Home (KBH), pulled back. But Habitat kept building. Habitat, a Christian group founded 34 years ago in Americus, Ga., around a philosophy of constructing and rehabilitating homes for low-income families, was recently ranked as one of the nation's top 10 builders for the first time in a closely watched industry list compiled by Builder Magazine. Habitat was ranked eighth, based on the number of homes sold and closed, placing it above Ryland Group Inc. (RYL) and behind Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. (HOV)."