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New Housing Partnership Launched

Habitat for Humanity Launches New Housing Partnership
“Rebuilding the American Dream” Unites Habitat, Nehemiah Progressive Housing Development Corporation

Americus, Ga. - June 16, 1999 - Habitat for Humanity International and the Nehemiah Progressive Housing Development Corporation have joined hands to launch the “Rebuilding the American Dream” campaign.

The goal of the national partnership will be increased awareness of, and opportunity for home ownership among low-income wage-earners. The partnership will be funded by a $1 million donation to Habitat for Humanity by the Sacramento, Calif.-based Nehemiah Housing.

“Nehemiah’s $1 million commitment is one of the largest we’ve received from a fellow low-income housing non-profit charity,” said Tom Jones, managing director of Habitat for Humanity International’s Washington Office.

The partnership will make home-building money available to the nearly 1,500 Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the United States, who will in turn build those homes with low-income families in need of a simple, decent place to live.

“Habitat is committed to the elimination of poverty housing in the next century,” said Jones. “This partnership with Nehemiah Housing can only help both organizations reach that goal.”

Nehemiah Housing operates several affordable housing programs across the country; in addition to its HUD-approved down-payment assistance program, the organization develops low-income apartments for seniors and families, acquires and rehabilitates single-family homes and builds affordable single-family homes.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. 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 70,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 350,000 people worldwide. With affiliates in every state of the United States and in 62 other countries around the world, Habitat for Humanity expects to build its 100,000th home in September 2000. “