West Tallahatchie Habitat for Humanity was started in the back of a pickup truck in 1984 in Sumner, MS by two men with a desire to make a difference initially in Tallahatchie County. These two men wanted to build houses to improve the living conditions in which many people in Tallahatchie County currently lived in. Even in the face of adversity, racism and danger, these men and more continued to believe in the dream that they could make a change, a change for the better. This new group contacted Habitat for Humanity International about becoming part of the international, non-profit organization. After going through many names, the group finally became West Tallahatchie Habitat for Humanity.

West Tallahatchie Habitat for Humanity was the first Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the state of Mississippi. From it, spurred Clarksdale Area Habitat for Humanity, Jonestown Habitat for Humanity, Coahoma Habitat for Humanity, Farrell/Sherad Habitat for Humanity which ultimately spread across the state.

Our first house was built in 1984 and was dedicated to Mrs. Ora Lee Johnson. Before we started recruiting volunteers from all over the country, we had inmates from Parchment State Penetenary come and build our first house. West Tallahatchie Habitat for Humanity has come an extremely long way since then. As of July 2010, we have completed 34 houses with two more new construction homes underway. We have 31 current Habitat families that have been welcomed into the Habitat community in Tutwiler, Sumner, Webb and Goosepond. Two homeowners have paid off their mortgages and can now call their houses their own! We are also excited to welcome three new families to the habitat community as of August 2010 as they will be getting our most recent rehab house, House 35 and 36.