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Mississippi affiliates help Habitat become nation’s 6th largest builder

Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Mississippi built or fixed up 188 homes in 2011, helping to make Habitat the nation’s sixth largest homebuilder.

The Christian-based organization has 40 affiliates in the state and more than 1,500 nationally.

“I am profoundly impressed by the ongoing faithfulness, ingenuity and hard work of our affiliates,” said Trey Jones, executive director, Mississippi Association of Habitat for Humanity Affiliates.

While the organization is faith-based, it does not apply faith criteria in its selection of recipients of its services. Criteria centers on income, ability to pay the low-interest mortgage and willingness to provide “sweat equity|” to the building project.

Habitat built or rehabilitated 4,970 homes across the United States and is the only non-publicly traded company in the top-ten ranking for 2011. The organization made an additional 2,795 house repairs to existing homes, which were not accounted for in the survey.

Habitat first made the top 10 in 2010 as the eighth largest builder.



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