Habitat for Humanity Cracks Top 10 List of US Builders Housing bust is killing public construction companies By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jul 2, 2010 8:25 AM CDT 3 comments Comments A file photo for a Habitat for Humanity home going up. (Photo: Business Wire) (Newser) – How badly are home builders hurting? Here's a hint: Habitat for Humanity has cracked the top 10 list of US builders for the first time. The nonprofit, which relies largely on volunteers to build homes for low-income people, ranked 8th in the Builder magazine list, ahead of some of the biggest names in the business, reports the Wall Street Journal. "We're a lot less tied to the market as a whole," says a Habitat official. "We've been able to keep chugging along at a pretty solid pace." Habitat closed on about 5,300 houses (new and rehabbed) last year. That's down 3%, but it's nothing compared to Ryland's 30% plunge in closings and Hovnanian's 50% drop.