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Habitat for Humanity signs partnership with Habitat et Humanisme in France

LYON, FRANCE, and BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (Feb. 28) – Bound by a common mission to end poverty housing, Habitat for Humanity and France’s Habitat et Humanisme have signed a partnership to leverage their strengths.

“We are thrilled to enter into this partnership of hearts, minds and goodwill to help eradicate poverty housing in France and worldwide,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International.

The partnership aims to combat poverty housing in France and around the world. Events may include joint construction building events, corporate partnerships and potential involvement by Habitat for Humanity supporters and French tennis stars Amélie Mauresmo and Mary Pierce.

“With Habitat for Humanity, we not only share similar names but more importantly basic values. The human being is always at the centre of our efforts. On that solid ground, we at Habitat et Humanisme have great expectations for a mutually-fruitful exchange of experience with such a respectable and efficient international organization,” said Bernard Usquin, board member for Habitat et Humanisme in charge of this partnership.

As part of the agreement, the two organizations will collaborate in areas including housing policy, housing construction, capacity building, training, community development and mobilization, volunteerism, family integration, research and monitoring, housing finance, communications, fund raising, financing, international project development and French project and event management.

“For many years, French pioneers in this field, such as the late Abbé Pierre (founder of the Emmaus movement) and Father Bernard Devert (founder and president of Habitat et Humanisme) have been inspirations to all of us striving to end poverty housing and homelessness,” said Don Haszczyn, vice president of Habitat for Humanity International’s Europe and Central Asia Area Office. “We’re delighted that Habitat et Humanisme in France will be adding their voice and expertise to our global cause.”

About Habitat et Humanisme
Habitat et Humanisme has been fighting poverty housing for more than 20 years in France. H&H was created in 1985 in Lyon by Father Bernard Devert, a former real estate executive. H&H is now operating in 70 French cities and allowed 30,000 people in need to find accommodation. All beneficiaries are helped by H&H volunteers to integrate their social environment.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.