Habitat for Humanity across Chicagoland joins nationwide “Beloved Community” initiative to bring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of access, equality and opportunity for all into action

Habitat for Humanity joins The King Center to mobilize nationwide affordable housing work.

Help Us Build the Beloved Communinty

CHICAGO (January 15, 2018) – Building on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of the “Beloved Community,” Habitat for Humanity announced plans today to honor King’s legacy through a series of projects in local communities across the country. Over the next year, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International and The King Center’s MLK 50 Forward initiative, Habitat affiliates in the Chicago region are renewing and strengthening their commitment to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live and the opportunity for a better future.

“In 1966, Dr. King launched the Chicago Freedom Movement, an open housing and racial justice campaign that brought the Southern civil rights movement to the region. And for thirty-five years, Habitat for Habitat has honored his call to action and legacy to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter across Chicagoland,” said Sean McGuire, Board Chair of Habitat for Humanity Chicago on behalf of the eight affiliates in the area:
  • Habitat for Humanity Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs, Frankfort, IL
  • DuPage Habitat for Humanity, Wheaton, IL
  • Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity, Aurora, IL
  • Habitat for Humanity Lake County, Waukegan, IL
  • Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County, McHenry, IL
  • Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley, Elgin, IL
  • Will County Habitat for Humanity, Joliet, IL
All eight Habitat affiliates are planning Beloved Community activities in their local communities over the next year. These efforts will build on work being performed by other Habitats across the country undertaking Beloved Community projects, including the construction of new affordable homes, critical home repairs and community revitalization initiatives.

“In 2018, as we mark the 50th anniversaries of Dr. King’s tragic death and the passage of the Fair Housing Act, we renew our pledge to make the concept of a Beloved Community a reality,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “This will never be a world of equality, of fairness, of human decency that leaves no room for poverty or prejudice or violence, unless we build it. And so we build.”

Habitat is partnering with The King Center in Atlanta as it marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.

“With every new home that Habitat for Humanity builds, we move one step closer to my father’s vision of the Beloved Community,” said Dr. Bernice A. King. “Since its founding, Habitat for Humanity has been lifting families up through God’s love and showing them the path to take control of their lives through homeownership. This year, we’re going to have an even more powerful voice for those families and future homeowners so that one day, everyone lives in the Beloved Community with agape love.”

The King Center’s 50 Forward initiative has issued a challenge to undertake 50 acts of kindness and service to mark the anniversary. Habitat for Humanity invites others to join in pledging to help build the Beloved Community. Read more about why Habitat is propelling this cause in an essay by Jonathan Reckford and Tjada McKenna, Chief Operating Officer. Visit chicagolandhabitat.org/takethepledge to learn more and follow #BelovedCommunity to join the conversation.

About Habitat for Humanity in Chicagoland

Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat in Chicagoland is committed to creating opportunities for individuals and families to thrive; to revitalizing neighborhoods and building communities; and to helping transform families through home ownership. We do this by making housing affordable to hardworking people without access to conventional financing and offer individuals a hand up, fueled by our belief in dignity, self-sufficiency, collaboration, and hope. To learn more, visit habitat.org.


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