AMERICUS, Ga. (Oct. 10, 2006) – A new documentary that addresses the problem of poverty housing will be offered to NBC affiliates nationwide beginning Dec. 10. Habitat for Humanity is one of several organizations featured in the show that is working to eliminate substandard housing.
“Building on Faith: Making Poverty Housing History” is presented by the National Council of Churches USA through the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission. The show not only highlights the problems of poverty housing, but looks at finding solutions through programs that empower individuals to make a difference, like Habitat for Humanity.
“’Building on Faith’ is an important documentary that everyone should see,” said Chris Clarke, senior vice president of Communications, Habitat for Humanity International. “It addresses the issue and reminds us that we have the capability to eliminate poverty housing through cooperation and will power.”
The documentary includes interviews with Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford, as well as two of Habitat’s international board members, Jack Kemp and Nic Retsinas. In addition to his work with Habitat, Kemp has served as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and as a U.S. congressman for New York. Retsinas is chairman of Habitat’s board and director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Erin Rank, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles is also featured in the program.
Other interviews are provided by former U.S. Sen. John Edwards; former U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania Bob Edgar, who is also general secretary of the National Council of Churches; Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners/Call to Renewal; Brad Hewitt, senior vice president of fraternal operations at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; and other religious leaders and housing experts.
The hour-long program, narrated by Linda Ellerbee, award-winning broadcast journalist and television producer, will show how providing a safe and secure home is a basic necessity for building a just and functional society, and how businesses, faith groups and nonprofits can work in partnership with government programs to eliminate poverty housing.
“Building on Faith,” was produced by Mennonite Media for the National Council of Churches of the Interfaith Broadcast Commission’s time block on NBC. The documentary will be available at all NBC-affiliated stations beginning Dec. 10. Time and date of airing will be determined by each local affiliate.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .