Gregg has been photographing the Carter Projects since 1999. He loves Habitat for Humanity because it is not about giving houses away to people, but houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. It’s people helping people.
Here are a few images from the opening ceremony in Atlanta, GA on Saturday night.
President and Mrs. Carter are Habitat’s most amazing volunteers. Many people believe President Carter started Habitat for Humanity. Truth is, Millard Fuller started Habitat in Americus, GA. President and Mrs. Carter are deeply committed to social justice and basic human rights. Habitat was a way to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable housing here and around the world.
Country music star Garth Brooks is in Haiti helping President Carter and 400 hundred other volunteers build 100 homes in Léogâne, Haiti. This is considered to be the epicenter of the January 2010 earthquake.
To read more stories behind the event this week, please visit Habitat’s website, Habitat.org. Or click here.