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Habitat helped more than 81,000 families with new or improved housing in 2011

Bratislava, (December 6, 2011) – Habitat for Humanity helped 81,399 families improve their shelter conditions through new construction, rehabilitation and repairs during its 2011 fiscal year, running from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. These projects were managed in nearly 80 countries around the world. This breaks Habitat’s previous record set in the last fiscal year of 74,960 families served.

“We are so grateful to the volunteers and supporters who have enabled us to help tens of thousands of families around the world gain access to decent and affordable housing,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “With their ongoing support, we will continue to significantly increase the number of families served annually through our broad spectrum of programs.”

In Europe and Central Asia, Habitat has been active since mid-1990s and officially opened the area office in 2001. It now works or is present through partnerships in 23 countries of the region. During fiscal year 2011, 4,667 families were helped to build, rehabilitate or repair houses.

In addition to the assistance provided through its construction and repair programs, Habitat for Humanity also supported more than 6,000 families to establish legal rights to a house or land and provided more than 157,000 individuals with technical assistance including legal help, financial literacy training, and construction advice and training.

In Europe and Central Asia, 50 families were helped with land tenure and 4,304 individuals were served through technical assistance.

A copy of Habitat for Humanity International’s fiscal year 2011 annual report, which gives a snapshot of Habitat’s work around the world, is now available online at http://www.habitat.org/support/report/2011/ECA_AnnualReport.pdf

To check the achievements of Habitat for Humanity in Europe and Central Asia browse through this slideshow.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built and renovated more than 500,000 homes worldwide. In Europe and Central Asia, Habitat works in 23 countries with partners, donors and volunteers from the region. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitateurope.org