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Habitat For Humanity And AmeriCorps Alumni Unite To Fight Poverty Housing

Habitat For Humanity And AmeriCorps Alumni Unite To Fight Poverty Housing

Bloomington, Ind.- September, 6 2002 - Alumni of Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps will join forces in the first ever Habitat for Humanity Alumni build from Sept. 8 - Sept. 15 in Bloomington.

Through the Corporation for National Service’s Habitat for Humanity/AmeriCorps National Direct Grant Program, Habitat and AmeriCorps staff from 1993-2001 will participate in this build, which is being sponsored by the Nehemiah Corporation.

“Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County was chosen to host the build because of the demand for safe, affordable housing in the Bloomington area and the success of the Monroe County affiliate,” said Kerry Thomson, executive director of the affiliate.

Thomson said Bloomington is the least affordable area in Indiana in which to live and third least affordable in the nation when comparing wages to average home cost. “Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County will continue to work tirelessly toward eliminating substandard housing in Monroe County,” Thomson said. “We look forward to a day when everyone in the area has a decent home in which to live.”

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, which is hosting the build, has built 37 homes for local families since its establishment in 1988. Habitat of Monroe County plans to have seven new homes completed by the end of 2001, and according to Thomson has even greater aspirations for the future.

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 79 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.