THE WOMEN BUILD MOVEMENT Habitat for Humanity San Francisco Celebrates Its First "Women Build" Project: Women Creating Homes For and By Women San Francisco

On June 13, 1999, Habitat for Humanity San Francisco (HHSF) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the first home designed, funded, and built by women. The partner family HHSF selected for this home is an African American single mother, Priscilla Reynolds, and her three children (2 daughters and a son). The address of the Women Build home is 1036 Innes Avenue, in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco.

HHSF is one of more than 1,400 independent U.S. affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International. HHI has built over 75,000 homes in the U.S. and 60 other countries. More than 300,000 people now live in Habitat homes worldwide. Before the end of the year 2000, Habitat for Humanity will have completed construction of 100,000 homes worldwide.

Formed in 1992, the San Francisco affiliate was one of the last to be established in a major metropolitan area in the U.S. HHSF partners with San Francisco families in need to realize the dream of home ownership in one of the country's most expensive real estate markets. Like an old-fashioned barn raising, HHSF's construction projects bring families, volunteers and neighborhoods together to build homes, self respect and communities. HHSF is able to make home ownership accessible to low-income families by building with primarily volunteer labor, donated materials and private donations.

More information about the Women Build program can be obtained from HHI by calling 1-800-HABITAT.

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