Habitat for Humanity receives $4.65 million National AmeriCorps grant


ATLANTA (July 21, 2016) – (RealEstateRama) — Habitat for Humanity received a $4.65 million AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support 350 AmeriCorps members who will serve with Habitat in 25 states across the country.

During the 2016-2017 service year, AmeriCorps members will contribute more than 590,000 hours of service toward building or improving homes in 95 communities in partnership with 4,800 Habitat homeowners.

Each year, AmeriCorps members across the country serve with Habitat for Humanity to build strong and stable communities.
“AmeriCorps has proven to be an integral part of Habitat and each year allows us to empower thousands of families through shelter,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We’re grateful the Corporation for National and Community Service recognizes the role AmeriCorps members have in helping us build and strengthen our communities.”

For more than 20 years, Habitat has partnered with CNCS to place AmeriCorps members in communities throughout the U.S. This partnership has engaged 9,025 AmeriCorps members, serving more than 24,000 families and engaging more than 3.3 million volunteers.

“AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps. “As they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunity for themselves – gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers. We congratulate Habitat for their strong application, and thank all AmeriCorps members for their service.”

For more information about Habitat’s partnership with AmeriCorps, visit http://www.habitat.org/americorps/about.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People 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.

About the Corporation for National and Community Service
AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the president’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

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