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Building the Beloved Community

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HFH Wake County volunteer Lisa Hughet hugs home owner Tarik Araia in front of her new home after the closing ceremony of the annual Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon being held in Wake County, North Carolina on Friday, May 27, 2016. Photo by Gregg Pachkowski/Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina joins nationwide “Beloved Community” initiative to bring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of access, equality and opportunity for all into action

 

Raleigh, NC – January 31, 2018

 

Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina is committed to providing fair and affordable housing opportunities for residents in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties, through the SECU Habitat Challenge. All families deserve to have decent, safe and sustainable housing without regard to their differences.

“In 2018, as we mark the 50th anniversaries of Dr. King’s tragic death and the passage of the Fair Housing Act, we renew our pledge to make the concept of a Beloved Community a reality,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “This will never be a world of equality, of fairness, of human decency that leaves no room for poverty or prejudice or violence, unless we build it. And so we build.”

Habitat is partnering with The King Center in Atlanta as it marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.

“With every new home that Habitat for Humanity builds, we move one step closer to my father’s vision of the Beloved Community,” said Dr. Bernice A. King. “Since its founding, Habitat for Humanity has been lifting families up through God’s love and showing them the path to take control of their lives through homeownership. This year, we’re going to have an even more powerful voice for those families and future homeowners so that one day, everyone lives in the Beloved Community with agape love.”

Habitat for Humanity invites others to join in pledging to help build the Beloved Community. Read more about why Habitat is propelling this cause in an essay by Jonathan Reckford and Tjada McKenna, Chief Operating Officer. Visit habitat.org/takethepledge to learn more and follow #BelovedCommunity to join the conversation.

 

About Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina

Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina is the state support organization for 67 Habitat affiliates in the state. The state office provides shared services, advocacy, training and professional support, statewide resource development and operational support. North Carolina is one of the top 3 states for Habitat housing production in the US.

Habitat for Humanity provides homeownership opportunities to residents that do not qualify for a traditional mortgage. Habitat sells their homes at zero or very low interest to keep the cost affordable. Homeowners pay a mortgage and contribute “sweat equity” hours on the construction of their homes.