Masonry Industry Council Signs Cooperative Agreement with Habitat for Humanity International
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 25, 2002--Habitat for Humanity International and The Masonry Industry Council (MIC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that sets the framework for collaboration that will greatly expand cooperation between Habitat for Humanity affiliates and MIC members around the world. Tom Jones, Vice-President of Habitat for Humanity International and Mark Hogan, Chairman of MIC, signed the MOU at a leadership event involving representatives of the five national masonry associations representing brick, block, cement, contractors and labor.
"Habitat for Humanity is excited to foster such an important relationship with the Masonry Industry Council. This partnership will provide the opportunity to showcase masonry techniques and innovations while furthering Habitat’s mission of providing decent, affordable housing to families across the globe," said Tom Jones.
The Masonry Industry Council is an umbrella organization located in Herndon, Virginia, that comprises five different masonry associations--Brick Industry Association, International Masonry Institute, Mason Contractors Association of America, National Concrete Masonry Association and Portland Cement Association. This partnership provides a forum for the Council's members to participate in housing construction in 87 countries around the globe where Habitat for Humanity works.
"It is estimated that 70% of the world's population lives in a masonry structure. It is therefore very appropriate that the masonry industry and Habitat for Humanity partner together in providing masonry solutions in eliminating poverty housing," Hogan said.
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 87 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.