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Habitat for Humanity welcomes the House Appropriations Committee’s passage of the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Act

ATLANTA (July 16, 2007) ─ In response to the recent House Appropriations Committee’s passage of the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Act for FY 2008, Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford expressed his appreciation for the committee’s commitment to affordable housing and the work of Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the country.

“I congratulate Chairman David Obey and Ranking Member Jerry Lewis for the House Appropriations Committee’s passage of the Transportation-HUD spending bill,” said Reckford. “This legislation represents an important step toward meeting the significant affordable housing needs of middle- and lower-income working families across the United States.”

The increased funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) will provide critical resources that support the work of Habitat for Humanity’s more than 1,700 U.S. affiliates, as well as other housing providers that work in partnership with families in need of decent, affordable homes and safe, stable communities.

“Habitat for Humanity particularly appreciates Subcommittee Chairman John Oliver’s inclusion of language in his manager’s amendment to instruct HUD to maintain its funding for Habitat for Humanity’s capacity building program,” stated Reckford. “Since 1988, Habitat for Humanity has been an authorized recipient of appropriations to increase the house-building capacity of its local affiliates. This funding has increased our affiliate capacity by as much as 40 percent, assisting Habitat for Humanity in extending the dream of homeownership to more than 5,000 families each year across the country.”

Habitat for Humanity applauds the House Appropriations Committee’s commitment to affordable homeownership and looks forward to working with the members of the House and Senate to ensure that funding for these critical programs is preserved as the fiscal year 2008 appropriations process moves toward its completion in the fall.

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 1976, Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.