Washington, DC. - August, 7 2002 - White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, fifty members of the White House staff and Deputy HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson will build with Habitat for Humanity partner families on Aug. 8 in Northern Virginia. The build will take place while President George W. Bush is helping a family in Waco, Texas build their own modest, affordable home.
White House staff will build for three hours, constructing components for nine houses that are part of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s Stevenson Street Project in Fairfax. Joining Mr. Card, Secretary Jackson and the White House staff at the site will be Mick Kicklighter, Chairman of HFHI Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia Executive Director Helen Unangst, and local volunteers and supporters.
“I am thrilled that the White House staff is building at the same time as the President,” said Millard Fuller, HFHI founder and president, from Seoul, Korea, where Fuller, former President Jimmy Carter, Korean President Kim Dae Jung and 9,000 volunteers are building 120 homes next week. “They shouldn’t let their boss have all the fun,” Fuller quipped. “We are very pleased to share the Habitat experience with the White House staff.”
President Bush and the White House staff will be participating at the personal invitation of former President Jimmy Carter in the World Leaders Build, which will boost the construction of 1,175 houses globally for people in need. President Bush is one of at least 29 current and former heads of state supporting the program that will draw attention to the problem of substandard housing around the world. The builds in Waco, Texas and Fairfax, Virginia are the official World Leaders Build events for the United States.
HFHNV currently serves Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and the cities of Fairfax, Alexandria and Falls Church. Since its founding in 1990, HFHNV has built homes with 28 families, over 110 people, many of them children. In that time, they have also rehabilitated 11 houses. The Stevenson Street development will bring 18 new homes to Fairfax, an area with tremendous need despite its high median income. Volunteer construction will begin at Stevenson Street September 8, 2001.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing around the world. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 79 nations have built and sold more than 110,000 homes to partner families at no-profit, with zero-interest mortgages