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Habitat for Humanity celebrates 6,000th house in Florida

Habitat for Humanity builds 6,000th  Florida home, rallies for affordable housing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 19, 2004 — Celebrating a milestone in Florida, elected officials will join hundreds of Habitat for Humanity supporters to recognize construction of the 6,000th Habitat home in Florida in the effort to end substandard housing.

Supporters will gather at the intersection of Adams Street and College Avenue at 12:30 p.m. (EST), March 23 and march to the Capitol for the rally. Habitat Founder and President Millard Fuller will join invited representatives and dignitaries at the 1 p.m. (EST) rally, at Waller Park on the new state Capitol’s west steps (in front of the new dolphin fountain). Later, supporters will dedicate and tour Habitat houses under construction at 901 Volusia St., at 3:30 p.m.

“Concerned and generous citizens in Florida have taken tremendous steps toward helping families in need of decent and affordable housing,” says Fuller. “Habitat for Humanity’s work in Florida is a model of how communities and governments can work together to deal with the difficult problem of providing affordable housing.

“I am thrilled at the remarkable achievement of reaching the level of 6,000 Habitat houses for families in need throughout the state. It is a wonderful milestone that encourages a greater effort to do even more for so many other families who still languish in indecent housing.”

Florida is home to more Habitat houses than any other state. Sixty-five Habitat affiliates in Florida currently build 779 houses per year. With the completion of the 6,000th home, it is estimated that Habitat houses 24,000 people in Florida.

“Providing affordable housing for lower- and middle-class Floridians is an important goal for this Legislature,” said Florida House Speaker Johnnie Byrd when addressing the House Select Committee on Affordable Housing.

For future Habitat homeowner Bridget King, the state’s 6,000th Habitat home will provide her with a long-awaited homecoming. Bridget grew up in the neighborhood and moved away to pursue her education at a community college. After graduation, Bridget found work at a local hospital but was unable to find decent housing. After her son’s birth, Bridget decided she had to find a stable, healthy home where she could raise Frankie.

Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 92 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.