Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project

To mark the United Nations’ World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity kicked off its 27th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project on Monday, Oct. 4. It will also organize other building and awareness raising events across the United States and around the world.  

President and Mrs. Carter, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford and volunteers are helping to renovate and build 12 homes in Washington’s Ivy City neighborhood.

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Throughout the week, the Carters will join 1,000 volunteers to build, rehabilitate and repair a total of 86 homes in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore and Annapolis, Md.; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; and Birmingham, Ala.

“Rosalynn and I are pleased to join Habitat for Humanity volunteers in these communities to help raise walls on new homes and improve existing housing,” said President Carter.

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“Families will realize new or improved housing conditions as a result of this week’s efforts to bring attention to the need for simple, decent and affordable housing.”

The United Nations’ World Habitat Day is held each year on the first Monday of October. As part of its awareness raising emphasis, Habitat for Humanity International is expanding its 2010 World Habitat Day into weeklong events.

People around the world have joined together to advocate for the need and importance of housing and to exchange ideas. More than 300 Habitat for Humanity World Habitat Day events have been registered.

“Shelter plays a critical role in the health of individual families and the well-being of communities, providing an opportunity for more public, private and nonprofit partnerships to address this global issue,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International.

According to the United Nations, 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing and 100 million are homeless. This year, Habitat is highlighting the needs of communities in recovery in the United States, and as a result of Habitat’s 2011 Shelter Report findings, will focus on the critical link between health and housing overseas.

President and Mrs. Carter give a week of their time each year to help Habitat build, renovate or repair homes and raise awareness about the need for affordable and decent housing.

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