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Habitat for Humanity surpasses 400,000-house milestone

December 22, 2010

From press release

BELVIDERE, Ill.—Habitat for Humanity surpassed its 400,000-house milestone during its most recent fiscal year. Since the nonprofit organization was founded in 1976, its self-help, hand-up model has resulted in rehabbed, repaired or new housing for more than 2 million people worldwide.

Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 300,000th home in 2008, its 200,000th home in 2005 and the 100,000th home in 2000.

In fiscal year 2010, Habitat for Humanity served a record 74,960 families worldwide through a combination of new construction, rehabilitation and repairs. Habitat also helped an additional 6,355 families establish legal rights to a house or land, and provided more than 46,964 individuals with technical assistance ranging from legal help to construction advice or training.

By 2013, Habitat for Humanity hopes to annually assist 100,000 families worldwide with new or improved housing.

A copy of Habitat for Humanity International’s fiscal year 2010 annual report, “What We Build,” is now available online at http://www.habitat.org/support/report/default.aspx. The report gives a snapshot of Habitat’s work around the world.

“We are pleased that even in this difficult economy, Habitat for Humanity has been able to help a record number of families around the world have a better place to live,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Our affiliates are the backbone of Habitat’s efforts. Their hard work and dedication have made this milestone possible.”

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. For additional information, or to donate or volunteer, visit http://www.habitat.org.

For information about the Boone County affiliate, contact John Cover, chairman, at john-cover@comcast.net or (815) 288-6382.

From the Dec. 22-28, 2010 issue

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