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Carter, Giuliani, Kemp Launch Jimmy Carter Work Project 2000

Carter, Giuliani, and Kemp Launch JCWP 2000 In Harlem
From New York to the New South, Habitat is breaking down walls and building up hope

New York, N.Y. - Sept. 24, 1999 - Former President Jimmy Carter, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former US HUD Secretary Jack Kemp joined forces at a ceremonial “wall-breaking” in Harlem this afternoon. The event concluded a day-long visit for Carter in New York City and marked the official launch of the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2000 (JCWP 2000), which will take place in New York City, N.Y.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Plains, Ga. next year.

“We are pleased to be here in Harlem today to announce our Habitat for Humanity work project for the year 2000,” President Carter announced to more than 200 enthusiastic Habitat supporters. “Next September we will join with people in need to build ten homes on W. 134th Street and 10 others in Brooklyn, Queens and the South Bronx. I urge the people of New York City to support this project with your hands, hearts and donations.”

One of the homes being renovated by the JCWP 2000 at the ten-unit Harlem site will be Habitat for Humanity’s 100,000th home.

“Today’s announcement of the JCWP 2000 is great news for New York City families,” said Mayor Giuliani. “More than 1,500 volunteers from Habitat for Humanity will put in hundreds of hours of their time to complete construction of 20 new homes throughout the city. I’m also proud to announce that New York City will be home to Habitat’s 100,000th house and that President Carter and his wife Rosalynn will return to NYC to complete it’s construction.”

From September 11-17, 2000, the JCWP will coincide with Habitat’s annual “Building on Faith Week” and will contribute to the construction of an estimated 10,000 homes that week. After working on the 100,000th home in Harlem, the Carters will visit Jacksonville, FL where 100 homes are scheduled for construction that week, before proceeding home to Plains, GA where they will take part in the construction of Habitat for Humanity’s 100,001st house.

“I can think of no better place than Harlem to make history in the struggle to provide decent housing and home ownership for every family who needs it,” said Jack Kemp, Global Chairperson for Habitat for Humanity’s More Than Houses Campaign. “While it took us more than 25 years to get to this milestone, the pace is building and we will complete our next 100,000 homes in just five years.”

President Carter, the Mayor and Jack Kemp were joined by Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields and Imam Izak El-Pasha of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz as Habitat for Humanity NYC Executive Director Roland Lewis invited the VIPs to knock down the first wall at 233 W 134th Street. For President Carter the “wall-breaking” was the final stop in a day that included a Faith Community roundtable discussion hosted by Rev. Thomas Tewell of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church and a corporate luncheon held at NYC’s University Club. Both events were designed to generate support for Habitat for Humanity’s work in NYC.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit worldwide, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The homes are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 80,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 400,000 people worldwide. It has affiliates in every state of the United States and in 63 other countries around the world. D.C. Habitat for Humanity is the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the U.S. capital.