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World Habitat Day 2011 — Habitat advocates for decent, affordable housing

On Monday, Oct. 3, the United Nations and Habitat for Humanity will observe World Habitat Day.

Celebrated by the United Nations and the international community since 1985, World Habitat Day is a time to reflect on the current crisis of housing worldwide and to build a stronger future for the human habitat. With 1.6 billion people living in inadequate shelter around the world, Habitat for Humanity will raise its voice on World Habitat Day to emphasize the importance of simple, decent housing — “A Place to Be. . . for all human beings.”

In recognition of World Habitat 2011, Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County will host an open house and community blessing on Oct. 3.

Join Habitat for Humanity from 4-6 p.m. at 1379 Hills Circle, near Lake Hatcher. Tour an almost finished Habitat house and speak with staff and volunteers about Habitat for Humanity. At 5:30, join local pastors and community members for a community blessing of our Habitat houses and a prayer for safe, decent, affordable housing worldwide.

Since 1994, Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County has built 21 houses right here in Archuleta County, providing a simple, decent place to live for more than 100 people. This year, we are building two houses and renovating a third house, partnering with three families in need of decent, affordable home ownership. We are also introducing a new Home Repair Program where we will partner with as many as five low-income homeowners to provide home repairs. In total, eight families right here in Archuleta County will improve their housing and their lives.

Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people.

If you want to learn more about World Habitat Day and how you can advocate to end poverty housing, visit www.AdvocateWithHabitat.org.

To learn more about how you can get involved with Habitat here in Pagosa Springs, call us at 264-6960.

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