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Habitat for Humanity: Building houses, building hope


7 days ago   Article ID# 4131227
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Habitat for Humanity of Howell County

WEST PLAINS, MISSOURI (westplainsdailyquill.net) - The West Plains Chamber of Commerce has chosen to recognize Habitat for Humanity of Howell County as Business of the Week.

Habitat for Humanity of Howell County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope, local officials said.

“The basic belief is that everybody deserves to be some place to live,” said Craig King, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Howell County. “The key words when it comes to Habitat is that what we build is strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter. What we offer is a hand up, not a handout.”

Habitat for Humanity of Howell County was chartered in December, 1993, with the first home being built in 1994. Today, they have constructed and were instrumental in building 25 homes in the county, primarily in the West Plains area and five built in Mtn. View. Several other houses have been “rehabbed” as well as other projects that have helped support families in the local area.

The business is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions, King said.

Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all, he said.

Founded in Americus, Georgia, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than three million people worldwide, King said.

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