ATLANTA (Oct. 25, 2007) – Ken Klein, president of KLEINCO Properties, has been elected to serve as vice chair of Habitat for Humanity International’s board of directors. Klein was chosen to become an officer of the 28-member board that oversees the organization’s mission of building simple, decent housing in partnership with people in need throughout the world. Prior to his election as vice chair, Klein served two terms as a board member.
“I’ve been a homebuilder for 35 years and have always been concerned about the affordability issue and the roadblocks that prevent those who need safe and decent shelter the most from obtaining it,” said Klein. “The importance of owning a home can not be underestimated as it relates to a strong family foundation. What draws me most to Habitat is the opportunity to serve as part of an organization that is first and always a ministry that practices the precepts of Christianity as it addresses shelter for all people in need.”
Since graduating with an accounting degree from Oklahoma State University, Klein has worked in the building industry and is president of KLEINCO Properties, a mid-sized real estate development firm based in Tulsa, Okla.
Klein’s involvement with Habitat for Humanity precedes his election to the international board of directors as he’s volunteered to build Habitat homes in Florida, Texas, Nevada, California and Washington, D.C.
Currently, Klein is a trustee for the National Housing Endowment and serves as a board member and chairman of the Audit Committee for MOVE Inc., a publicly traded media and technology company active in the real estate sector. He is a past chairman of the board for both the Gatesway Foundation, which assists mentally and physically handicapped people with housing and job training, and the Home Builders Institute, an international craft skills training organization.
Members of the HFHI board receive no compensation for their voluntary service. Board terms are two years and each member may serve four consecutive terms.
Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and are financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.
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 1976, Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .