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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity by 2016 operated around the globe and helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide. (1)

Dubuque/Jackson Counties Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God's love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Dubuque/Jackson Counties 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. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor - "sweat equity" - into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses. (2)

In 1994 the Dubuque/Jackson Counties Habitat for Humanity had completed its second home. (3) Dubuque/Jackson Counties Habitat for Humanity announced a construction project at 2300 Washington St. involving the rehabilitation of a house that has been relocated to the site to make way for the BEE BRANCH project. Major sponsors on this project were the city of Dubuque and the Dubuque board of Realtors which graciously donated the proceeds of their centennial gala this project. (4)



1. Dubuque/Jackson Counties Habitat for Humanity website. Online: http://www.habitatdubuque.org/news.html

2. Ibid.

3. Jerde, Lyn. "Habitat for Humanity Helps Dubuque Family Buy Home," Telegraph Herald, April 25, 1994, p. 2

4. Dubuque/Jackson...