Americus, Ga. – Jan 2, 2000 - Habitat for Humanity volunteers from around the country will join members of the Princeville community to “blitz build” 12 homes in Princeville, N.C. Jan. 3-15, 2001. The build, coordinated by Tarboro/Edgecombe Habitat for Humanity, is part of the Hurricane Floyd Recover Build Program, a joint effort of Habitat for Humanity International’s Disaster Response Office and Habitat for Humanity affiliates in eastern North Carolina. These recovery houses will replace homes destroyed by flooding caused by Hurricane Floyd in September 1999.
“We are pleased that Habitat for Humanity is able to play a role in helping Princeville recover from Hurricane Floyd,” said Sara Coppler, Director of Habitat for Humanity International’s Disaster Response Office. “Tarboro/Edgecombe HFH and the Princeville build are prime examples of the resources Habitat for Humanity can bring to communities recovering from disasters. After the immediate needs of a community are met, Habitat for Humanity and its affiliates can play a vital role in renovating and rebuilding housing damaged or lost because of the disaster.”
Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, the world’s second largest home improvement retailer, is the largest sponsor of the build. Lowe’s has donated $350,000 in gifts and grants to the build and its employees are traveling to Princeville to participate in the build. The Town of Princeville is also participating, with local and civic leaders joining the build. The Federal Emergency Management Authority has provided infrastructure support for the build and the Mennonite Disaster Service is providing workers who will arrive several days before the build to lend pre-build support and help organize the build. Habitat for Humanity affiliates from North Carolina are also sending volunteers who will lend their support and expertise to the build.
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 affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 76 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families at no profit with zero-interest mortgages.