November 20, 2012 |
GM Chairman Dan Akerson loves this car - his hardtop-convertible "regal turquoise" '58 Corvette with dual headlamps and twin chrome trunk spears. But he's giving it all up - to help Habitat for Humanity and Detroit. That car represents "pure American ingenuity and creativity" for Akerson, who states simply in a news release: "I love the car. " But he has decided it is "better purposed" elsewhere. The car will go to the highest bidder in a Jan. 18 auction . The money will go toward rehabilitating a section of Detroit's troubled east side.
October 31, 2012 |
Thanksgiving is already over in Canada--it's celebrated the second Monday in October--so now our neighbors to the north are already preparing for Christmas festivities. One of the most traditional takes place in Victoria, British Columbia, where the National Gingerbread Showcase will be staged Nov. 24-Jan. 1. Amateur and professional bakers will display their wares. Last year's competition had an international flair. Replicas of Paris' Eiffel Tower and London's Harrods department store stood beside a colorful beehive and an old-fashioned bookshop.
September 4, 2012 |
MINNEAPOLIS — Nakeia and Ramell Dismond are like most working-class families: After the rent is paid, they have no money left in the budget for their kids' activities or vacations. That will change in a couple of months when they purchase a new home on the west edge of River Falls, Wis. Crews there are building a housing development that will produce all its own power, saving homeowners hundreds of dollars each month. The project is the largest of its kind in the nation for Habitat for Humanity, the sixth-biggest U.S. home builder last year.
November 27, 2009 |
Habitat for Humanity International has been known for its mission to provide new homes for the poor ever since former President Carter, its most famous volunteer, grabbed work gloves and hammer in the 1980s to help build dwellings in struggling communities. These days, Habitat is renovating the way it does business because of the mortgage meltdown, in which loose lending standards left thousands of foreclosed properties sitting vacant in the very neighborhoods the group aims to revitalize.
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February 4, 2009 |
Millard Fuller, a self-made millionaire who gave away his wealth to start the Christian house-building group Habitat for Humanity, and who started a similar organization after he was fired over disputes with the Habitat board, died Tuesday en route to a hospital in Albany, Ga. He was 74. An autopsy was being performed to determine the cause of death. Fuller had recently been treated for chest congestion and was taking antibiotics, said a spokeswoman for the Fuller Center for Housing.
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April 1, 2007 |
For nine years, Efrain Pineda Funes, his wife, Lucia, and their four children have shoehorned themselves into a two-bedroom apartment in Koreatown. Later this year, their housing picture promises to brighten considerably when they move into a new three-bedroom townhouse in South Los Angeles. "We feel so excited," said Funes, who installs vehicle tracking devices for a living. "We never thought we'd qualify for this nice program."