Habitat for Humanity and the National Council of Churches have entered into a new partnership. The partnership is just one part of an emerging network in which the NCC is working to end poverty in the United States. Other areas are child poverty, health care, public education, environment and public policy, including welfare and budget priorities.
"For 25 years I've desired a relationship with the National Council," Habitat president and founder Millard Fuller told the NCC's executive board at its May 30-31 meeting in New York. "I'm just thrilled to be here...We need each other."
As a first step in the partnership, the NCC's general secretary, the Rev. Bob Edgar, will join Fuller and Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter in Korea in August to help build 100 homes. Edgar also will participate in Habitat for Humanity's 25th anniversary celebrations in September in Indianapolis.
"I want to see the church of Jesus Christ in the forefront saying that poverty housing, substandard housing, homelessness are a disgrace before God," Fuller said.
It is "an abomination ... to have people living in miserable, substandard, subhuman conditions."