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Habitat for Humanity Reaches Milestone 50,000th House Mark in US/Latin America Service Area

Habitat for Humanity Reaches 50,000th House Mark in Haiti and Texas

AMERICUS, GA, August 18, 2003–Habitat for Humanity International announced today the dual completion of 50,000 homes later this week in two of its five service regions. House dedications for the 50,000th milestone homes in Habitat’s United States and Latin America/Caribbean service areas are scheduled in the community of Granbury, Texas, on Thursday, August 21 and Bercy, Haiti, on Friday, August 22.

Following the dedication of the 50,000th milestone houses in Haiti and Texas, the communities of Jaquimeyes, Dominican Republic, and Gary, Indiana, kick off the construction of the next 50,000 Habitat homes to be built in each of the regions by simultaneously dedicating the 50,001st homes. Habitat’s United States and Latin America/Caribbean service areas collectively represent approximately two-thirds of the more than 150,000 Habitat houses built by Habitat for Humanity around the globe.

Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International, is traveling to the milestone build sites August 18-22 to dedicate many of the homes and celebrate with the new homeowners, volunteers and members of the community. He begins the week on Monday, August 18 in Haiti, travels to the Dominican Republic on Tuesday and then rounds out the week with celebration festivities in Granbury, Texas, on Thursday and Gary, Indiana, on Friday.

“Reaching this 50,000th house milestone in both the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean is a tremendous accomplishment for the Habitat for Humanity ministry,” said Fuller. “However, it is imperative that we don’t stop our efforts there as the need for simple, decent housing is so great. With the dedication of the two 50,001st homes in the Dominican Republic and Gary, Indiana, we are pushing ahead to work towards the elimination of poverty housing from all regions of the world.”

Two Habitat Global Village work teams from the United States are traveling to Haiti during the week to participate in the build and house dedication. The week also includes an exchange of volunteers between Haiti and the Dominican Republic in a symbolic effort to bring about healthy, mutual cooperation between the two sides of the island.

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 3,000 communities in 89 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. http://www.habitat.org/.