Americus, Ga.-Sept. 5, 2000 - St. Paul, Minn., resident Stephen Seidel has been elected to Habitat for Humanity International's newly formed U.S. Council. Seidel, who will continue to serve as executive director of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, is one of nine individuals selected for this council from across the country. He was also chosen to serve as the U.S. Council's vice chair.
The Habitat for Humanity U.S. Council will advance Habitat for Humanity's U.S. work in an advisory capacity and serve as a voice of U.S. Habitat for Humanity affiliates and other constituency organizations on policy matters. The nine members recently elected are the first of 15 to be nominated by Habitat's International Board of Directors.
"The affordable housing challenge is every bit as intense throughout the United States as it is in the Twin Cities," Seidel said. "I look forward to helping Habitat for Humanity expand its capacity to serve more families in need across the country."
In addition to its advisory role, the U.S. Council will be responsible for budget reviews, the annual planning of materials and will submit policy recommendations to the international board.
Dedicated to eliminating poverty housing, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry founded by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda. HFHI and its 2,001 affiliates in 67 nations have built and sold almost 100,000 homes to partner families at no profit with zero-interest mortgages.