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Habitat for Humanity will help rebuild and repair homes and communities damaged by tornadoes that ripped through Texas

Habitat is assessing damage to affordable housing, including Habitat homes in the Granbury area

ATLANTA (May 16, 2013) – Several tornadoes ripped through Texas Wednesday night, including one that struck a community in the Granbury area, where up to 120 homes were damaged or destroyed in a neighborhood that included 61 Habitat for Humanity houses.

Habitat for Humanity is assessing the impact on affordable housing in the affected areas and will assist with clean up, repairs and new construction efforts.

“Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Response team has mobilized resources and will work alongside the first responders, volunteers and Habitat affiliates in the area. Our goal is to help families return home as soon as possible and to help the community recover,” said Kip Scheidler, senior director of Global Disaster Response at Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat’s ability to respond effectively to this disaster will require support from donors, volunteers, corporate partners and other community organizations. Donations can be made at https://www.habitat.org/cd/giving/one/donate.aspx?link=486.

Habitat’s Disaster Response provides technical expertise in home and community rebuilding proven over the years in the assistance provided to more than 100,000 disaster-affected families around the world. Recent responses in the U.S. have taken place in New York City and along coastal New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy; and in Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., after the 2011 tornadoes.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.