Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter to build with Maryland Habitat volunteers

President and Mrs. Carter will build with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake (HFHC) Oct. 5.

Their co-host, HFHC, will kick off the 27th annual “Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project,” an intense week of building, rehabilitating and repairing homes. The revitalization efforts in two communities begin on World Habitat Day, Oct. 4, as part of a worldwide effort to highlight the need for sustainable communities and healthy housing.

“Rosalynn and I are pleased to join Habitat for Humanity volunteers in six communities this year to help raise walls on new homes and improve existing housing,” said President Carter. “More than 75 homeowners will realize new or improved housing conditions as a result of this week.”

Community announcements about HFHC’s Carter Work Project build sites will take place April 22. These will occur at the following locations: Annapolis at the intersection of Clay and Pleasant Street at 10 a.m. and in Baltimore at 2122 Jefferson Street at 12:30 p.m.

In Annapolis, HFHC will build ten new homes for current residents of public housing. HFHC’s unique partnership with the Housing Authority of Annapolis provides public housing residents with Habitat homes built on land formerly used for public housing. The project will increase homeownership within the Clay Street community supporting current revitalization efforts and affordable homes sold for no-interest mortgages. To date, HFHC has built or renovated 13 homes on Clay Street.

“As with so many others, Annapolis is grateful for the investments made by Habitat for Humanity to enhance established communities, such as along Clay Street,” said Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen. “This affordably priced housing helps to promote a sense of inclusiveness that makes the city such an attractive place to live.”

In Baltimore, HFHC will work directly on ten houses in the Monument-McElderry-Fayette community, adjacent to the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. The Jimmy Carter Work Project will complete gut-rehabs of properties in this transitional neighborhood to act as stabilizers on blocks, increasing the success of renewal efforts in collaboration with the community. To date, HFHC has rehabilitated 38 houses in this community.

“I am grateful that Habitat for Humanity chose to make Baltimore a location for this year’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “During the Carters’ week of service this fall, communities in Baltimore will be brought back to life, and deserving families will have an opportunity to move into new affordable housing. I look forward to welcoming the Carters and Habitat for Humanity International to Baltimore.”

A central component of HFHC’s development model for sustainable communities is the renovation of groups of vacant buildings or strategic construction of a group of new homes on vacant lots. By complementing comprehensive revitalization efforts through partnerships with community redevelopment organizations, HFHC maximizes the benefits of new housing to neighborhoods. Habitat’s work provides another foundation for communities to thrive and prosper bringing an influx of stable housing and dedicated homeowners.

Green building techniques and energy efficient designs are also core to HFHC’s development model. Habitat Chesapeake builds or renovates all of its houses to Energy Star standards and designation. HFHC erected its first green and affordable modular homes in this community illustrating a scalable development model for factory-built modular housing that is both affordable and sustainable. Sustainable development provides financial savings that include reduced utilities, access to transit, and improved health outcomes providing the greatest benefit for low-income families.

“Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake is thrilled to have been selected as a site for the 2010 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project,” said Mike Mitchell, HFHC’s Chief Executive Officer. “The Carters visit is an affirmation of our commitment to build sustainable communities, develop green homes that minimize utility expenses, and contribute to the revitalization of older communities alongside future homeowners, current residents, and the civic and community leaders devoted to lasting change.”

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake Carter Work Project will mobilize a growing community of individuals and organizations committed to placing homeownership within reach of working poor families while building sustainable communities in the Baltimore City/Annapolis area.

About Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake:
As one of the first urban affiliates in the United States, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake (HFHC) was founded 27 years ago upon twin resolutions: to serve low-income families with housing needs and to revitalize their neighborhoods. Habitat Chesapeake revitalizes long-standing city neighborhoods by building on the existing infrastructure and reversing years of disinvestments and neglect. Now Habitat Chesapeake is among the 25 largest affiliates in the nation, having helped 277 families become Habitat homeowners.

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