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St. Joe Habitat for Humanity leader heads to DC to advocate

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Habitat for Humanity has helped thousands of families across the nation build and rehab homes. Now, one local member is headed to Capitol Hill to advocate for the organization.

Executive Director of St. Joseph County Habitat For Humanity, Jim Williams, will be traveling to Washington D.C. to work alongside 200 other directors from around the U-S.

He says our legislatures in Washington D.C. are concerned about using taxpayer dollars wisely. Williams plans to tell them that for every dollar St. Joe County gets from federal funding-- they bring in 4 dollars from private funding.

So the mission of this conference is to convince those in charge to give Habitat for Humanity a second look when it comes to handing out money.

"A lot of people still have misconceptions about Habitat. They think we give houses away for free and we don't." Williams says. "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."

Habitat for Humanity of St. Joe County is one of the highest producers in the State of Indiana.

Right now, Habitat for Humanity of St. Joe County services 16 families.

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