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Habitat for Humanity receives $4.9 million AmeriCorps grant to help support building homes and revitalizing communities

ATLANTA (June 8, 2009) – Habitat for Humanity International has been awarded a $4.9 million grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to help build affordable housing across the country. The funding is part of a three-year grant cycle and will help Habitat support 400 AmeriCorps members in more than 80 cities as they work to revitalize communities.

“The Corporation for National and Community Service is a vital partner, and we are pleased to receive this grant,” said Larry Gluth, vice president, U.S. Area Office for Habitat for Humanity International. “This funding will help Habitat continue to mobilize AmeriCorps members who assist Habitat affiliates in their local communities.”

Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members serve 11-month terms constructing houses. Since 1994, Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members have engaged hundreds of thousands of community volunteers to help build more than 6,500 houses.

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 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.