Habitat for Humanity Announces Partnership With AFL-CIO'S Building and Construction Trades Department
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2003--An agreement signed in Washington today links the AFL-CIO's 15 affiliated unions in the Building and Construction Trades Department with Habitat for Humanity International's goals to end poverty housing.
The partnership includes plans for an annual "Labor for Habitat Week" in September. Local unions will be encouraged to work closely with Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country. A project will also be selected to bring national leaders of both organizations together to highlight the partnership and to participate directly in the building of Habitat homes.
Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International, and Edward C. Sullivan, president of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO signed the agreement during a general session of the BCTD’s annual legislative conference.
"We are so grateful for this partnership. It is highly important to those in need of a simple, decent place to live that all sectors of our society work together to help solve the housing needs of the world. This partnership will go a long way in helping us achieve the goal of eliminating poverty housing from the face of the earth," Fuller said.
To guide the future of the partnership, the BCTD will form "The President’s Council for Habitat," made up leaders from the department and its affiliated unions and leaders of Habitat for Humanity International.
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, HFHI 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.