SOURCE: Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity

Dallas Habitat for Humanity

November 17, 2010 15:59 ET

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity Proves Building Homes Is More Than Building Houses

"I'm Good People" Movement Launches to Tell the Habitat Story

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - November 17, 2010) - Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity has been improving neighborhoods and changing lives for the better in Dallas county for 24 years, and has recently launched a new effort to support the funding of 20 new homes for 20 families by spring. Dallas Habitat's "I'm Good People" movement tells the full story of Dallas Area Habitat for the first time and invites Dallas area residents to get involved by visiting www.ImGoodPeople.org and to join the conversation through Facebook and Twitter.

"Habitat is recognized as an organization that builds houses, but what people don't always realize is that our program educates and empowers families to impact their whole neighborhood," said Bill Hall, Dallas Area Habitat CEO. "We believe that the opportunity to own a good home means we are strengthening families and, and as a result, building good communities."

The idea for "I'm Good People" stems from the thought that good homes come from good people, and good people come from good homes. Through this effort, Dallas Area Habitat aims to educate the community about how the Habitat for Humanity home ownership program works.

"Many people think Habitat is an organization that gives away homes, but this is an affordable home-buying opportunity," said Hall. "Our program requires that potential homeowners hold down a job, put 400 hours of sweat equity into the home as a down payment, pay an interest-free 25 year mortgage, and then participate in education on becoming a homeowner, maintaining a home and keeping a budget."

As a result of the practical and educational needs that Dallas Area Habitat is meeting, the organization has seen proven benefits to communities. Nationally, children in families who own a home get better grades in school and are 62% more likely to continue education after high school. In addition, neighborhoods where Dallas Habitat homes are built see a decrease in violent crime.

"It's a beautiful thing when you wake up each morning and know that you're at home -- that there's a place you can call home," said Cornell Nash, a homeowner through the Dallas Habitat program.

Videos stories about how Dallas Area Habitat is revitalizing neighborhoods and helping Good People are available at www.ImGoodPeople.org. By joining the Good People network on Facebook, users can track the virtual build of a home based on donations and add an "I'm Good People" badge to their Facebook wall. Dallas area residents can also keep up-to-date on the latest news on Dallas Area Habitat's efforts through Twitter.

"We look forward to engaging people in our community to help us reach our goal," said Hall. "And whether you donate time, $10 or $10,000, it doesn't make you a better person, it just makes you Good People."

About Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity
Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity transforms neighborhoods by engaging families and community partners in creating affordable housing. Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity's vision is that all individuals and families live in thriving neighborhoods where hopes and dreams are realized for generations to come because poverty housing is socially, politically and spiritually unacceptable. Since 1986, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity has served over 800 low-income families using homeownership as an anchor for hope, change, and fellowship resulting in an investment of approximately $80 million in 24 neighborhoods of Dallas County that adds $1 million annually to Dallas County tax rolls. Dallas Habitat is one of the largest affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International in the United States. For more information, visit www.dallas-habitat.org.

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