March 16, 1998

Middlebury College Habitat for Humanity Chapter to Host Second Community Meeting

Habitat for Humanity's Middlebury College Chapter will host a second informational meeting to discuss the local need for affordable home ownership and the possibility of forming an Addison County Habitat for Humanity affiliate. The College chapter invites all community members to attend the meeting on Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in the West Lounge of Forest Hall on College Street (Route 125).

The results of the first meeting, which took place on March 5, encouraged student organizers to proceed with their efforts. According to student Habitat member Jennifer Jenson, "The Habitat chapter on campus decided earlier this year to work toward establishing an affiliate in Addison County, but this goal can only be accomplished with the help of county residents, since the affiliate will be a community organization." Jenson added that Addison County has a significant need for low-income housing.

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian, ecumenical, non-profit organization that seeks to eliminate substandard housing. With over 1,000 affiliates worldwide, Habitat was nationally ranked as one of the five largest new home builders in 1997 according to "A Simple Decent Place to Live," a book by Habitat founder Millard Fuller.

"Habitat's success in addressing a need for low-income housing has been phenomenal in recent years, and the grassroots establishment of an Addison County affiliate can bring that success to a local level," said Jensen.

Contact Middlebury College Habitat for Humanity members Jennifer Jensen at 802-443-6355 or Suwha Hong at 802- 443-6850 for more information.