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Carter Joins Volunteers To Build D.C. Homes

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By Jessica Jordan

Despite the rain today, hundreds of volunteers are joining former President, Jimmy Carter and Habitat for Humanity in building and repairing homes in the District.

After the sawdust settles, six new affordable homes will stand here in the Ivy City neighborhood in Northeast D.C. and six more will be rehabilitated. Today's construction kicks off the 27th Annual Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter work project. The former president says he's ready to work, despite a hospital visit last week.

"I was just sick for one day, but I'm perfectly OK and God has blessed me with good health so far," Carter says.

The Carters plan to join more than a thousand Habitat for Hummanity volunteers throughout the week to rehabilitate and repair a total of 86 homes in several U.S. cities including Baltimore.

D.C. Habitat funded today's Ivy City project through a District land grant, along with funds from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

Shaun Donovan is the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

"We saw that we had an opportunity to work directly with nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity through this Neighborhood Stabilization Program by providing funding directly. We can leverage funding from organizations that can make tax dollars go further," Donovan says.

Low income residents may apply to purchase a newly constructed or rehabilitated home at little or no interest.

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