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Michigan lawmakers support Habitat’s Carter work project

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 8, 2005) — Lawmakers joined Habitat for Humanity International representatives on Capitol Hill today to announce that a congressional delegation from Michigan will join former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter, his wife, Rosalynn, and thousands of volunteers in the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2005, a project designed to highlight the need for decent affordable housing.

The work project will be held June 19-24 in Michigan, where Benton Harbor and Detroit are serving as host cities. In all, 230 homes will be completed by the end of the week in cities all across the state, including Battle Creek and Lansing. The build will expand beyond U.S. borders as well, with homes being built in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

On June 20, members of the U.S. Congress will take part in the project by participating in the Congress Building America national build, being held in conjunction with the JCWP, with each member of the delegation building on a Habitat house in their congressional district.

At today’s press conference, Republicans Reps. Fred Upton and Dave Camp, and Democratic Reps. John Dingell and John Conyers and Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow joined HFHI in announcing Congress’ JWCP involvement.

During the press conference, Stabenow applauded Habitat for Humanity for its efforts to provide home ownership opportunities for working families. “I have long been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity, with a hammer in my hand and love in my heart for this great program that promotes home ownership,” Stabenow said. “Realizing the dream of homeownership is one of the greatest moments in a lifetime, and the Jimmy Carter Work Project will provide those moments for hundreds of Michigan families.”

A cooperative effort between HFHI, the U.S. Congress, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and corporate sponsors, CBA highlights the importance of volunteerism and community service by fostering relationships between members of Congress and local Habitat for Humanity affiliates.

These relationships help produce simple and decent single-family homes and raise public awareness of the legislative role that lawmakers play in making homeownership affordable.

“This build, which joins Habitat for Humanity and members of Congress across Michigan with the leadership of top U.S. corporations, sends society the very best message possible – that the public, the private, the non-profit sectors have joined together to stress the importance of providing decent housing for all,” said Tom Jones, director of Habitat for Humanity’s Washington office. “Habitat is pleased to join forces with these leaders and we are truly grateful for their support.”

About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. www.habitat.org