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Sen. Clinton Attends Groundbreaking in Rochester, NY

Sen. Clinton Helps To Build Habitat For Humanity Home

Americus, Ga. - November 11, 2001 - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) is reaching out to families in need of a simple, decent place to live by volunteering this weekend with the Flower City Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Rochester, N.Y.

“We are thrilled Sen. Clinton continues to support the cause of ending the shame and disgrace of poverty housing in the United States,” said Millard Fuller, Habitat’s founder and president. “By working with Habitat several times in the past, Sen. Clinton has seen firsthand the urgent need for affordable housing.”

Sen. Clinton will work with Habitat homeowner Debra Bullard and her three children on the house at 87 Rauber Street at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10th. Remarks from the senator will follow a groundbreaking ceremony.

The Freddie Mac Foundation, the Fannie Mae Foundation and the Vinyl Siding Institute are sponsoring the home, which is part of “The Houses the Senate Built” campaign. The program is designed to educate lawmakers about the work of Habitat for Humanity and bring public attention to the critical need for decent, affordable homes. Sen. Clinton, a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity, has worked on several projects in the past and is expected to lend her hand to various construction tasks as the house progresses.

Bullard already has performed half of the 500 “sweat equity” building hours required. She will finish the remaining hours by working on her own home. She also will pay off a no-profit, no-interest mortgage.

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.