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Habitat*AmeriCorps, HFH San Antonio United to End Local Substandard Housing

Habitat*AmeriCorps, San Antonio Habitat for Humanity unite to end substandard housing in San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas - Aug. 25, 1999 - Habitat*AmeriCorps and San Antonio Habitat for Humanity are working together to end substandard housing in San Antonio.

Habitat*AmeriCorps is the national service program that provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with educational awards in exchange for a year or two of community service.

Since 1994, more than 500 Habitat*AmeriCorp volunteers have assisted Habitat for Humanity International in the building of almost 1,000 houses and contributed more than 750,000 hours of service. Habitat and Habitat*AmeriCorp have been working side by side for five years to create and rebuild communities with hard work, sweat and determination.

“The Habitat*AmeriCorps program fits Habitat like a glove. It complements the Habitat process by providing a core of skilled volunteers who can prepare and help supervise committed yet relatively unskilled weekend volunteers,” said Ted Swisher, director of United States Affiliates for Habitat for Humanity International.

Habitat*AmeriCorps is acknowledged as one of AmeriCorps’ most distinguished programs. The program has expanded San Antonio Habitat for HumanityÕs volunteer base among youth and has added diversity to volunteer groups.

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.