Habitat for Humanity Canada to undertake biggest build project ever

 

Habitat's 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project to build 150 homes over 6 days in 2017

TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2016 /CNW/ - Habitat for Humanity Canada is marking today World Habitat Day by announcing that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn will be in Canada for Habitat for Humanity's 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in July, 2017 to help build 150 homes for Canada's 150th anniversary.

This will be Habitat Canada's biggest build project ever and will take place in every province and territory across the country with President and Mrs. Carter focusing their efforts in Edmonton, Alberta, and in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

"It is an honour to host President and Mrs. Carter. We are grateful for their support and the many volunteers whose commitment to Habitat's mission has helped us empower communities through affordable home ownership," said Mark Rodgers, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. "These are homes that provide families with the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life."

Habitat Canada has a long history of creating affordable housing opportunities. One in seven households, including 735,000 children, do not have a decent and affordable place to call home in Canada. Every day thousands of families are forced to decide between paying rent or putting food on the table. Habitat's model of affordable home ownership helps to change that.

People living in Habitat homes not only help to build their own houses, they also pay affordable mortgages. Habitat for Humanity's innovative approach helps working families on a new path to better, affordable living conditions that lead to improved health and stronger childhood development. Access to affordable home ownership can help decrease a family's reliance on food banks and allow them to move out of social housing which frees up space for those on waiting lists.

Everyone in Canada has the right to a safe, affordable and decent place to live in and yet so many families do not have that. By supporting the Carter Work Project, Canadians can help build a more caring nation through volunteering – where neighbours help neighbours build homes that provide a safe and affordable foundation for a better life.

Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled around the world with Habitat, to build and improve homes. Their time and effort helps to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable home ownership around the world. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes.

Participating affiliates are now working on identifying and procuring build sites as part of the Carter Work Project. To learn how you can become a part of the 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, visit habitat.ca/cwp. Information on future build sites will be updated as it becomes available in 2017.

Habitat for Humanity Canada would like to thank the early supporters of the 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project! There are still many exciting sponsorship opportunities available. To find out about how your company or organization can be involved, please go to www.habitat.ca/cwp.

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About Habitat for Humanity Canada
In Canada, Habitat for Humanity has been working since 1985 toward a world where everyone has a decent and safe place to live.  With the help of over 70,000 volunteers every year and 56 local organizations from coast to coast to coast, we believe in bringing communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. Worldwide, more than 6.8 million people have partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home.  For more information, visit habitat.ca.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in nearly 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

RESOURCES

  1. Watch or download video of Habitat Canada's CEO, Mark Rodgers' announcement of the 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

  2. Watch or download video of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's announcement of his visit to Canada.

  3. For photos of President Jimmy Carter, and former first lady Rosalynn Carter, Habitat Canada's President and CEO Mark Rodgers please click here.

  4. Every $1 invested in Habitat for Humanity yields about $4 in societal benefits, including improved employment and education opportunities and a decreased burden on social programming. For more information on how Habitat for Humanity's business model helps low income Canadians through affordable home ownership, please click here to download the Boston Consulting Group's 2015 report: Transforming Lives: The Social Return on Habitat's Work in Canada.

SOURCE Habitat for Humanity Canada

Video with caption: "Video: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces return to Canada for Habitat for Humanity's 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.". Video available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5QmyRazpY0

Video with caption: "Video: Mark Rodgers, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada, calls on all Canadians to create a movement for affordable homeownership as the 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project helps build 150 homes to mark Canada's 150th anniversary.". Video available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri2B9SZFjQM

Video with caption: "Video: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter passing the ceremonial hammer to Mark Rodgers, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada, to celebrate return to Canada in 2017.". Video available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWzW78gJQa8

Image with caption: "Rosalynn Carter and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on a build site for Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. (CNW Group/Habitat for Humanity Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161003_C2751_PHOTO_EN_786687.jpg

Image with caption: "Rosalynn Carter, Mark Rodgers (CEO & President, Habitat for Humanity Canada), Jimmy Carter and Jonathan Reckford (CEO, Habitat for Humanity International) at 'Passing of the Hammer' ceremony to announce the 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project coming to Canada. (CNW Group/Habitat for Humanity Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161003_C2751_PHOTO_EN_786689.jpg

Image with caption: "A Canadian volunteer helping build homes during the 2016 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. (CNW Group/Habitat for Humanity Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161003_C2751_PHOTO_EN_786688.jpg

For further information: Sarah Austin, Habitat for Humanity Canada, E: saustin@habitat.ca, T: 647-571-6405; Cristina Huré, Citizens Relations, E: cristina.hure@citizenrelations.com, T: 416-967-8112


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