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The 1997 Jimmy Carter Work Project in Appalachia

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter to Pound Nails in Appalachia

May 30, 1997 - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will lead a construction crew of more than 2,400 volunteers to Appalachia June 15-21 to build houses and raise awareness of the need for affordable housing.

In the Appalachian region that is the focus of this year’s Jimmy Carter Work Project, as many as 52 percent of the households live in poverty. On average, these households earn less than $13,000 a year and more than 16 percent in the region do not have plumbing facilities – more than 15 times the national average.


Go with us to the Jimmy Carter Work Project – without ever leaving home! Habitat for Humanity’s web site will carry daily updates from the JCWP, featuring photos from homebuilding sites and interviews with participants from around the world.

The project will take place at nine Habitat for Humanity work sites throughout rural Kentucky and Tennessee where some four dozen homes will be built in partnership with families in need of simple, decent shelter.

Other Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the two-state region will build an additional 40 homes. Another 60 will be constructed through a unique partnership with the Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises. All told, the 1997 JCWP will be the catalyst for the construction of 150 new homes.

The purpose of Habitat for Humanity’s premier annual event is to build affordable homes with families in need and to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable housing around the world. An additional focus of the building project is making resource- and energy-efficiency a priority. Homes will be built to meet Model Energy Code standards, construction and food service waste will be minimized, and waste materials will be recovered through reuse, recycling, and composting.

Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the face of the earth. An ecumenical Christian housing ministry, Habitat works in partnership with people in need, building simple, decent shelter that is sold at no profit, through no-interest loans. With more than 1,500 affiliates worldwide, Habitat is at work in 53 countries. Habitat for Humanity has built more than 55,000 houses, providing decent shelter for nearly 300,000 people.