Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs to Celebrate World Habitat Day!

Chicago Heights, IL–(ENEWSPF)–October 2, 2011.  In recognition of World Habitat Day October 8th, 2011, Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs is joining affiliates around the world to address the dire need for decent, affordable workforce housing.

In south suburban communities, the needs are even more pronounced.

The State of Illinois reports that the Chicago South Suburban Cook County area has a population of more than 800,000, of which 290,000 are homeowners.  However, more than 120,000 of them are living in substandard conditions.  Globally, roughly 1.6 billion people live in those same conditions and 100 million are homeless, according to the United Nations.

So in observance of the need for safe, decent and affordable shelter, Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs and St. James Hospital will kick off a week-long celebration by hosting a festival event October 3rd, 2011 at our ReStore Parking Lot, 180 W. Joe Orr Road, Chicago Heights, IL from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Several local government officials as well as state representatives are expected to attend.

“We look forward to a huge commitment from the community to join us in this celebration and have partnered with local elementary and high schools in bringing awareness to ending poverty housing,” says Terrhonda Hudson, Habitat’s Resource Development Coordinator.

Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs’ mission is to work in partnership with God and people from all walks of life to build decent homes for families living in substandard conditions.  “We believe affordable, safe housing is the bedrock for health and well being in the communities we serve,” according to David Tracy, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs.

Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabbed, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter to more than 1.75 million people.  Locally, our affiliate has completed 38 homes and is currently rehabbing homes in Park Forest and Lansing, Illinois.  Habitat strongly believes in giving a hand up not a handout.

To donate, volunteer or for more information, please visit www.gohabitat.net.

Source: gohabitat.net