Americus, Ga.- Aug. 28, 2000 - Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) will make history in New York, Florida and Georgia as former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn lead thousands of volunteers to build 157 Habitat homes in partnership with families in need.
"Rosalynn and I are proud to work one week each year side by side with other volunteers and the families who will realize their dreams of home ownership," said President Carter, Habitat for Humanity's best-known volunteer. "This year we are partners with three Habitat affiliates in the eastern United States, including the site of the first Jimmy Carter Work Project -- New York City -- in my hometown, Plains, Ga., and Jacksonville, Fla."
September 9-17 will be a week of milestones. Coinciding with HFHI's annual Building on Faith Week, this Jimmy Carter Work Project (JCWP) has drawn unprecedented support from people of faith everywhere, with 10,000 homes in progress worldwide. In New York City, Habitat will dedicate its 100,000th home and in Plains, its 100,001st home, launching a campaign to build the next 100,000 Habitat for Humanity homes within just five years.
"From New York to the New South, we are breaking down barriers and building up hope," said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. "We are removing the obstacles that stand between hard-working families and simple, decent, affordable homes."
President and Mrs. Carter will join the struggle to resolve New York City's housing crisis by working in a restored apartment building in Harlem. In the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, volunteers and partner families will be finishing a new apartment building. In Jacksonville, Fla., the Carters and Habitat for Humanity families will bring new life to the site of a previously vacant housing project. Public housing officials are renovating abandoned apartments in "Fairway Oaks" at the same time new Habitat homes are under construction.
And at the home of HFHI's international headquarters and President Carter himself, Habitat will declare victory over poverty housing after 24 years of laboring with God's people in need. "At the end of this week of building," Fuller said, "no one in Americus or Plains will be trapped in deplorable living conditions. Everyone will have access to safe, clean, affordable shelter."
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 1,916 affiliates in 67 nations have built and sold more than 95,000 homes to partner families at no profit with zero-interest mortgages.