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Habitat for Humanity East Bay awarded $100,000 matching grant for 2010 Cars for Homes Partnership Project

Project will recycle used vehicles to help build and rehabilitate homes in East Bay neighborhoods

OAKLAND, California (Dec. 1, 2009) – Habitat for Humanity East Bay has been awarded a $100,000 matching grant from Habitat for Humanity International’s vehicle donation program, Cars for Homes™. Funds generated by car donations from Alameda and Contra Costa counties made during the next eight months will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Habitat for Humanity. East Bay car donors will have an opportunity to participate at a Habitat East Bay job site, helping to build a home side-by-side with a partner family during the 2010 Cars for Homes™ Partnership Project.

Through June 30, 2010, local Habitat supporters can donate a car to help build and rehabilitate homes in East Bay neighborhoods hard hit by the current economic crisis. Habitat’s Cars for Homes™ accepts donated cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, RVs and other vehicles and sells them through automobile auctions, recyclers or salvage yards to raise funds that help build simple, decent homes. Funds generated from car donations benefit Habitat affiliates and local families. Vehicles do not need to be in running order to help build more homes.

“The 2010 Cars for Homes™ Partnership Project will provide donors with an opportunity to help Habitat East Bay build and rehabilitate more homes,” said Marcia Rundle, director of Habitat’s Cars for Homes™. “The proceeds from each car donation combined with the matching grant will be used to purchase construction materials to help build affordable homes in partnership with low-income families in East Bay communities.”

Donors that contribute to the matching fund will be invited to work on the construction site with a Habitat partner family. Interested donors can call 1-877-277-HFHI (4344) or donate a car or other vehicle online at www.CarsforHomes.com. Donor contact, title and vehicle information is collected, and upon acceptance of the donation, Cars for Homes™ will tow the vehicle away, free of charge. Donors receive an acknowledgement letter for their vehicle donation and should check with the Internal Revenue Service or their tax advisor for information about the tax deductibility of their donation.

“In today’s economic environment, creating pathways to homeownership is vital to rebuilding communities affected by the downturn. Our homeownership programs encourage people to become stakeholders in their local community, strengthen community goodwill and add to the community’s tax base, making public services more readily available,” says Janice Jensen, Habitat for Humanity East Bay’s President and chief executive officer.

Habitat for Humanity International manages its vehicle donation program through the Cars for Homes™ staff. Donated vehicles are processed through the nationwide network of a remarketing agent. On average, more than 80 percent of the gross revenue generated by the sale of donated vehicles is delivered to Habitat to help eliminate substandard housing.

About Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes™
Cars for Homes™ is Habitat for Humanity’s national vehicle donation program. It provides donors with a quick and easy process to donate a car, car, truck, boat, RV or other vehicle to help build homes in partnership with local low-income families in need of decent, affordable shelter. For more information, visit carsforhomes.org.

About Habitat for Humanity East Bay
Habitat for Humanity East Bay creates successful homeownership opportunities for families with limited incomes by building environmentally sustainable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods. Habitat East Bay coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, including fundraising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction and mortgage servicing. For more information, visit www.HabitatEB.org.

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 nearly 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for 1.75 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.