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Habitat Launches Disaster Response Program

Americus, Ga. - July 12, 1999 - Habitat for Humanity International is developing a global Disaster Response Program to aid relief organizations in construction of safe and secure, simple, decent, affordable houses with low-income families.

“Through the Disaster Response Program, Habitat has the opportunity to use its resources and experience to make an impact by responding to those in dire need of shelter after having their homes destroyed or being displaced after a disaster,” said Sara Coppler, Habitat for Humanity’s first director of Disaster Response Program. Coppler has served as the special projects coordinator for Emergency Response for Church World Service and has designed Industrial Facilities throughout the Midwest and South.

The Disaster Response Program is currently building 2,000 houses in Central America because of the damage caused by Hurricane Mitch. Since the Oklahoma disaster the program has had an active response with many Habitat for Humanity affiliates as houses are being rebuilt and repaired.

“Habitat for Humanity is continually researching ways to build safer houses to survive the elements,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “Through our Disaster Response Program, we will be able to help relief organizations implement these strong house designs into the damaged areas and provide homeowners better security for future environmental threats.”

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, worldwide ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat 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 75,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 375,000 people worldwide. It has affiliates in every state of the United States and in 63 other countries around the world.