A history of building hope
For one week every year, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, help put poverty housing front and center in the global consciousness and conscience. The Carter Work Project is an annual reminder of the desperate, ongoing need for decent, affordable homes worldwide. But it is also a reminder of the power of hope and the strength in numbers.
The Carters committed to working with Habitat for Humanity in 1984. Since then, the Carter Work Project has provided housing solutions for families in 13 countries around the world, 18 states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia.
Learn more about this years build: Build sites and partner families
About the 2010 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project
The Carters are working with more than 1,000 volunteers in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore and Annapolis, Md.; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; and Birmingham, Ala. In each location, volunteers will concentrate on the rehabilitation of foreclosed properties that will be transformed into affordable homes. Volunteers also will build new houses and create additional affordable housing opportunities.
Build activities began on World Habitat Day, Oct. 4, as part of a worldwide effort to highlight the need for stable communities and healthy housing.
About World Habitat Day
Since 1986, the United Nations has designated the first Monday in October as World Habitat Day. World Habitat Day’s purpose is to call attention to the current global state of the human habitat and push toward adequate housing for all.
We hope that by raising awareness and advocating for universal decent housing we can dismantle and alter the systems that reinforce and entrench poverty housing and make an affordable, decent place to live a reality for all.