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Senator Jack Reed meets with South County Habitat for Humanity at Build Site



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Senator Jack Reed meets with South County Habitat for Humanity at Build Site Build to take place on Thursday August 26, 2021 in Exeter, RI

Exeter, RI August 26, 2021– U.S. Senator Jack Reed will join South County Habitat staff and volunteers on Thursday, August 26 to observe the construction of South County Habitat for Humanity’s 57th home located in Exeter, RI. The single-family home will eventually be sold to a local family in need that has partnered with Habitat to build their affordable home with the support of volunteers and donors.

Thursday’s project in Exeter supports “Cost of Home”, a nationwide advocacy campaign launched by Habitat for Humanity International to address the home affordability challenges that have been further exacerbated by COVID-19 across the United States.

For years, Reed has championed efforts to help bolster Rhode Island’s economy and increase safe, decent and affordable housing options available to more Americans. Since December, Senator Reed has helped direct over $450 million in federal housing funding to Rhode Island, including rental assistance, foreclosure prevention and housing counseling funds, and utility assistance.

While working to build and rehabilitate homes for low-income families in Washington County, South County Habitat for Humanity has witnessed firsthand the need for increased resources. The non-profit will meet with Senator Reed to tour the active build site and spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by Americans who were already struggling with a growing housing crisis amidst a global pandemic.

Founded in 1990, South County Habitat for Humanity has been dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally. Habitat has served 114 families; including 105 adults and 153 children through their affordable homeownership program. Additionally, Habitat recently launched a handicap ramp installation program for those who are in need and financially qualify.

WHAT: Senator Jack Reed meets with South County Habitat for Humanity WHEN: Thursday August 23, 2021: 9:30AM-11:00AM

WHERE: 715 Gardner Road, Exeter, RI 02822

WHO: Senator Jack Reed and staff, volunteers and staff from South County Habitat.

About South County Habitat for Humanity

South County Habitat for Humanity 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. For more general information, call 401-213-6711, or go to our website at www.southcountyhabitat.org.

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.

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