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York County Habitat joins global observance of World Habitat Day

York County, October 3, 2016 — On the first Monday in October, Habitat and its partners will advocate for better shelter around the world by taking part in the U.N.-designated annual World Habitat Day. Town of Fort Mill Mayor Guynn Savage will present a proclamation in recognition of the work of Habitat for Humanity in our community. The proclamation will be presented on Monday, October 3 at 1:30 PM at the Town Hall in the Council Chambers.

Habitat for Humanity and World Habitat Day is designed to bring attention to the need for adequate housing here in York County. Habitat is operating in 1400 communities across the U.S. and in 70 countries around the world.

Habitat for Humanity's Director of Development, Ben Gair states, "Habitat seeks to create affordable homeownership options for first time homebuyers to address the severe lack of affordable housing in York County, an issue we as a community need to fix ".

Habitat builds strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter with families. We believe everyone deserves a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat is looking for individuals, businesses, faith groups, civic and social organizations to partner to meet the desperate need for decent and affordable housing in York County.

Habitat volunteers and partners are building three homes with another 3 planned for the spring of 2017. We are also completing 30 home repair projects, primarily for senior citizens home owners. Repairs include roof replacement, building handicap assessable ramps, installing walk-in showers and grab bars for safety. We are looking for businesses, civic groups and faith groups that will partner with Habitat to create safe and affordable housing for families.

About Habitat for Humanity of York County
Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 6.8 million people around the world construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat for Humanity of York County has partnered locally with 60 families through new home construction or rehabs and 51 families through home repair projects.

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, donate or volunteer, visit

Ben Gair, Director of Development
Phone: 803-985-9244 or Cell: 716-997-7732
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