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The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October (10/4/10) as annual World Habitat Day. The purpose of this event is to call attention to the current global state of the human habitat and push toward adequate housing for all.
By raising awareness and advocating for universal decent housing, Habitat for Humanity hopes to dismantle and alter the systems that reinforce and entrench poverty housing. In doing so, the goal is make an affordable, decent place to live a reality for all. World Habitat Day is a day for grassroots action and a day for people to be united in their efforts to eradicate poverty housing.
Habitat for Humanity organizations around the world, in partnership with others, plan World Habitat Day events focused on education, advocacy, and fundraising. This year, the focus issues for these efforts are health and housing internationally and neighborhood revitalization in the United States.
The 27th Carter Work Project will spearhead World Habitat Day events in six U.S. cities from October 3–8. Volunteers will join in building and rehabilitating houses with Habitat homeowner families, former President Carter and Mrs. Carter, and other celebrities.
This year, the Carter Work Project will be held in Washington, DC, Baltimore and Annapolis, MD, Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, and Birmingham, AL.