Funds to help build homes in partnership with families affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita
ATLANTA (August 20, 2009) – Habitat for Humanity will receive a $3,263,565 donation from the People of Qatar to help build houses in partnership with families whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
A total of 44 homes will be built by 14 Habitat affiliates located along the Gulf Coast in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama.
In 2006, Habitat for Humanity International received a $22 million grant from the People of Qatar to help in the long-term recovery of the Gulf Coast region. The grant was used to help build nearly 300 houses, including154 homes in Louisiana, 107 homes in Mississippi and 33 in Alabama.
“We are extremely grateful to the People of Qatar for this second generous gift to help with the recovery of the Gulf Coast region,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Tremendous efforts have been made over the last four years to help people rebuild their lives after the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but, many low income families are still in need of housing. This gift will enable us to continue to build houses and hope in a region that needs to know the world still cares.”
The affiliates receiving funding are:
Houses funded by Qatar donation
Since 2005, Habitat for Humanity has built or rehabilitated more than 2,000 homes along the Gulf Coast.
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 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org  .