Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Making substandard housing and homelessness unacceptable


I heard about the passing of Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity on the radio yesterday and was completely struck by this quotation as his stated goal for Habitat for Humanity:

"We want to make shelter a matter of conscience," he said. "We want to make it socially, morally, politically and religiously unacceptable to have substandard housing and homelessness."

Making substandard housing and homelessness unacceptable...period!

I am sure that many if not most of us in the Ann Arbor area do not have a strong understanding of what it means to live in substandard housing or what it must be like to be homeless when it is 3 degrees outside. I know I don't. But hearing Millard Fuller, and this goal, really made me feel that it is truly unacceptable to accept this on any level.

Mr. Fuller founded the organization in 1976 and was its leader for 29 years.

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