Army allocates $7.4 Million to address No.1 concern for hurricanes Katrina and Rita recovery
JACKSON, Miss., and ATLANTA (May 13, 2008) - The Salvation Army is proud to join Habitat for Humanity for the 25th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which will run from May 11 - 16, 2008, in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. As part of the project, The Salvation Army has allocated $7.4 million in disaster assistance funds to support construction and rehabilitation of up to 370 homes in the four states. The Army also will provide food services for Habitat volunteers and staff at construction and build sites throughout the week-long build event with the Carters. More than half of The Salvation Army’s $155 million long-term plan has been budgeted to address housing, the No. 1 concern for clients recovering from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
“Getting people back into a stable home will be a foundation from which they can re-establish their lives,” said Major John R. Jones, Division Commander for The Salvation Army’s ALM Division. “We have allocated the largest portion of our long-term recovery funds to housing because it is such an important component for rekindling hope.”
The Salvation Army’s $7.4 million will be awarded in the form of $20,000 per home grants to up to 370 Habitat applicants for down-payment assistance. It will support the construction and rehabilitation of 60 houses and the framing of approximately 48 more in the Carter Project host cities of Biloxi, Gulfport and Pascagoula, Miss. Other build sites will be spread out towns and cities from Mobile, Ala., to New Orleans, La.
“The Salvation Army has been working hard since the 2005 hurricanes to help families cope and recover from the devastation. They have been a vital partner with Habitat for Humanity in the region, and the tremendous support of the Carter Work Project is another extension of their commitment to helping Gulf Coast families rebound for the long term. We’re deeply grateful for that support,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International.
The Army also will provide meal services at each Carter Project build site, as well as at the opening ceremonies for 2,500 people at The Salvation Army’s Yankie Stadium in Biloxi on Sunday, May 11. In total, the Army plans to serve more than 44,000 meals for breakfast and lunch at more than 100 worksites during the weeklong build.
In 2006, a research poll conducted by Leadership 18, a coalition of 18 of the largest charities in the United States, more than 60 percent of people affected by the hurricanes listed housing as their primary concern.
Habitat’s Carter Project is an annual, internationally-recognized week in which the former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, along with his wife, Rosalynn, join thousands of volunteers to build and renovate simple, decent and affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. President Carter’s longstanding relationship with Habitat for Humanity began in 1984 when he donated one day of his carpentry skills and manual labor at a work site in Americus, Ga., home to Habitat’s international headquarters. Later that same year, the Carters led their first weeklong work project, renovating a six-story, 19-unit building in New York City.
The Salvation Army’s participation in the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project is the continuation of a partnership begun in January 2006 to provide down payment assistance and case management services to victims of hurricane’s Katrina and Rita. To date, The Salvation Army has provided more than $2.6 million in down payment assistance to 200 qualified Habitat homeowners as part of its long-term Community Recovery Plan. The Carter Project will bring the total partnership dollars to approximately $10 million.
In addition to the Habitat partnership, The Salvation Army has joined with other organizations in over 2,100 home repair and reconstruction projects in Hurricane Katrina affected communities. The Salvation Army has budgeted $82 million to deal directly with housing issues for people who were displaced by the storms. More than 800,000 have received long-term recovery assistance–for housing, employment and basic needs–through The Salvation Army’s long-term plan.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 29 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through provides food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing, shelter and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org,  call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army earmarked for disaster relief.
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 .