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St. Joe County Habitat for Humanity director heading to DC

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Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County Executive Director Jim Williams is heading to Washington, DC for a conference.

He is taking part in the 8th annual Habitat on the Hill legislative conference and day of action, along with 200 other directors from around the United States. During the event, they'll urge lawmakers to back policies and programs that help Habitat address the issue of substandard and poverty housing.

FOX28 News met with Williams just before he took off from the South Bend Regional Airport. He says our legislators in Washington D.C. are concerned about using taxpayer dollars wisely. He says he is going to tell them every dollar St. Joe County gets from federal funding, they bring in 4 dollars from private funding.

"A lot of people still have misconceptions about Habitat," said Williams. "They think we give houses away for free and we don't. We actually give zero-percent interest mortgages, and we work with people that make 25 to 60-percent of the area median income. So we're helping people where there's no way they could go to a traditional bank and get a mortgage."

Williams will be in Washington D.C. until Thursday.

Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County is one of the highest producers in the State of Indiana of helping families get home. Right now, Williams says Habitat for Humanity of St. Joe County is helping 16 families.

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