Habitat for Humanity reaches milestone

BENTON – Habitat for Humanity International 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 of Saline County is part of the[more] global effort. Since 1999, Habitat for Humanity of Saline County has built 44 houses and serviced over 100 individuals in their local community.

The affiliate is scheduled to build eight more homes in Partnership Village starting with the Saline County Carpenter Club build on Jan. 15, 2011. Additionally, Habitat for Humanity of Saline County will host their second Community Partnership build in February. Local businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in the one-of-a-kind build opportunity. For more information on how to get involved contact the affiliate’s main office at (501) 315-5434.

“Habitat for Humanity of Saline County is continuing its efforts to help families in need of decent, affordable housing,” said Karma Herzfeld, Executive Director. “We are happy to have helped Habitat for Humanity reach this important milestone in bettering communities across the country. With continued support of our sponsors and volunteers, we’ll address affordable housing needs in Saline County.”

In fiscal year 2010, Habitat for Humanity International 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.

“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. We are grateful for the work of Habitat for Humanity of Saline County, Arkansas.”

Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 300,000th home in 2008, its 200,000th home in 2005 and the 100,000th home in 2000.By 2013, Habitat for Humanity hopes to assist 100,000 families worldwide annually 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.

About Habitat for Humanity of Saline County

Habitat for Humanity of Saline County, AR is a non-profit, Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing throughout the world. Habitat homeowners work on their houses and pay off the cost through a no-profit, zero-interest mortgage. To date 44 homes have been built in Saline County for well deserving low income families. For more information, contact the Habitat for Humanity office at 315-5434, visit www.habitatsalinecountyar.org, or visit our facebook fan page.

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