Harford Habitat for Humanity helps achieve No. 8 on the ‘Builder 100’ list

Harford Habitat for Humanity helped Habitat for Humanity achieve the rank of No. 8 on the Builder 100 list, marking the first time the nonprofit has been among the top 10 biggest builders in the United States. The list also shows Habitat, with 5,294 closings last year, moved up three spots in 2009 from its 2008 ranking of No. 11.

In 2009, Harford Habitat for Humanity completed six homes and made more than 28 emergency repairs, including heating, air conditioning and hot water heater maintenance, roof repairs, and ramp construction via their FIXIT UP repair program.

This year the Christian housing organization aims to help more than 75 families in need, with 66 repairs and the construction and completion of 10 homes.

“To date, we have completed five homes for families in need,” said Joann Blewett, Executive Director for Harford Habitat for Humanity. “We are excited to have contributed to the significant achievement of Habitat for Humanity International, and hope we can play an even larger role in their success this year and in the future.”

In 2009, Habitat affiliates repaired 710 homes nationwide, up from 621 homes in 2008. Around the world, Habitat for Humanity helped 61,005 low-income families by building 23,657 new houses and rehabilitating or repairing 37,348 houses.

Builder magazine’s annual Builder 100 List compiles data provided by the nation’s builders, including their closings.

“Habitat for Humanity affiliates have been working in more than 1,500 communities in the U.S. to ensure that more than 5,200 families had a new or renovated affordable home to live in last year,” said Mark Andrews, senior director of U.S. Operations for Habitat for Humanity International. “We could not have accomplished this work without the sustained support of local leaders, volunteers and donors.”

About Harford Habitat for Humanity
Harford Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (HHH) is an ecumenical Christian housing organization devoted to building and repairing homes in partnership with qualifying families. HHH is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit supported by government, community and private funding. Founded in 1993, their mission is to eliminate substandard housing in Harford County and create homeownership opportunities by building, renovating, and repairing homes. Since its inception in 1993, Harford Habitat for Humanity has helped more than 100 families, constructed 47 homes, and made 62 emergency repairs.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people.

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