Habitat for Humanity International awarded $5 million HUD grant

Funding will be dispersed to 32 Habitat affiliates nationwide

ATLANTA (April 06, 2011) –Habitat for Humanity International received a 5 million grant to distribute to 32 of its affiliates to support affordable housing and community development, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced last month. The funding will be awarded under HUD’s Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program.

“We are grateful to HUD for supporting our efforts in local communities,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “Funding from this grant will leverage private funds to help Habitat affiliates revitalize communities and provide opportunities for families to live in healthy, safe and affordable homes.”

Habitat affiliates selected to receive a portion of the grant will help rebuild and revitalize neighborhoods and improve the lives of residents by creating affordable housing opportunities through community development. Each affiliate is expected to increase their house production by at least 15 percent over three years and to match their grant funds by a ratio of 4:1. The selected affiliates will also have access to continuing education to enhance their technical and administrative capabilities.

Habitat for Humanity International began receiving HUD grants in 1998. Habitat affiliates have received 58 million in Section 4 HUD funding since 2003. Nearly 380 affiliates nationwide have benefited from the grants.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than two million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org.