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Open house to celebrate World Habitat Day

Open house to celebrate World Habitat Day

September 26th, 2017 by Brittany Hilderbrand in Local News

River City Habitat for Humanity will host a community open house in celebration of World Habitat Day from 9 a.m.-noon Satuday.

The event will be held at the RCHH site at 1420 Creek Trail Drive.

World Habitat Day, typically celebrated the first Monday in October, signifies the work initiated by the United Nations to raise awareness and educate communities about ways to take action on the global housing crisis.

Over the past 100 years, more people are living in urban areas, and government has not been able to provide adequate amounts of public housing.

RCHH Executive Director Susan Cook-Williams said she wants to ensure residents are informed since issues surrounding affordable housing affect Jefferson City, too.

"We want everyone to see what we've been doing locally and our partners nationwide to help deal with the growing global housing crisis," Cook-Williams said. "In Cole County, we know an average two-bedroom apartment is $650 a month — and in order for that to be considered affordable, a person must make at least $12.50 per hour. There are many people that don't even make that much."

This is where Habitat for Humanity comes in, she said, to help build affordable homes for people across the community.

"Every time we build a home in Cole County, we add to the builds happening across the nation," Cook-Williams said. "Better, affordable living conditions lead to improved health, stronger childhood development and stronger communities."

Since 1993, Habitat has built 105 homes across Cole County.

During Saturday's celebration, the community will have the opportunity to view information boards, meet RCHH board members, take a tour and shop in the ReStore, and take a trolley ride to see Habitat homes around Jefferson City.