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Habitat for Humanity
updated 9/23/2005 2:23:42 PM ET 2005-09-23T18:23:42

Habitat for Humanity International has launched “Operation Home Delivery” to help provide assistance and rebuilding opportunities in New Orleans and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of recent hurricanes.

The plan aims to help Habitat affiliates that were hardest hit by Katrina restore some level of service. Then Habitat will seek to serve as a catalyst with other organizations, governments, corporations, foundations, etc., to bring people together to talk about low-income housing and recovery on a scale that Habitat alone would be unable to do, and to implement the “Home in a Box" project.

Home in a Box consists of the materials needed to build a house – either purchased or donated – and then, working with volunteers in communities all over the country, will “pre-build” the frame of a home over a few days. The house will be tacked together to ensure a rock-solid fit, then the frame will be taken apart and the components placed, along with other necessary construction materials, in a container and shipped to an area along the Gulf Coast or New Orleans where families, volunteers and builders will rebuild the home.

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