ATLANTA (WUPA) — Former President Jimmy Carter helped make the homeownership dream possible for many underserved families through Habitat for Humanity.
On Presidents Day, there was a lot of hammering and wiring in Browns Mill Village, where workers built homes for the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity (AHFH).
“It really is a dream come true,” says Tyteonna Jones, who moved into her Habitat home with her two children in November.
The dream was made possible by Habitat and philanthropists like former President Jimmy Carter, who was recently hospitalized. Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, helped build homes for Habitat for nearly 40 years.
“That means a lot to me. Without them, it wouldn’t be possible for me to have my own Habitat home,” Jones said. “I really appreciate Jimmy Carter and his wife for just getting started for our black community.”
Habitat for Humanity helped boost black home ownership and continues to help countless low-to-middle-income families. According to AHFH, in 1988 Carter joined more than 1,000 volunteers to build 21 homes in the Edgewood community, and in 2008 was there for Habitat’s 25th anniversary and 1,000th home construction, as well as other milestones.
“We are praying for President and Mrs. Carter as he receives hospice care at home,” said Atlanta Habitat for Humanity President and CEO Alan Ferguson, Sr. in a statement. “As we reflect on President Carter’s legacy, we are reminded of the impact he made on our organization’s efforts to ensure that families everywhere live in quality, affordable homes. He is a true servant leader whose tireless contributions improving the lives of people in our country and around the world will always be remembered with gratitude.”
For information about AHFH and its programs, visit: https://atlantahabihat.org/
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