Local Habitat for Humanity earns international distinction

Local Habitat for Humanity earns international distinction

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 7:01 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Habitat for Humanity Charlotte is making big strides.

The local chapter was just named an Affiliate for Distinction by Habitat for Humanity International. 

Out of more than 1,5000 affiliates nationwide, only seven, including Charlotte were honored.  Habitat Charlotte helped 100 families last year right here in the Queen City. 

However, the affiliate has reached out to hundreds of families in the last 30 years, including Winston Sharpe's family. 

"As a single father, I was able to acquire a habitat house over 12 years ago," he said.  The Habitat home allowed his sons to focus.   "It allowed them to follow more on their academics, it allowed me to attend Queens University and graduate." 

Today, the Sharpes still live in that same home.  Their story just one of the many reasons Habitat is recognized nationally. 

"Affiliate of Achievement honors overall excellence, so financial stability, number of families served, outreach, communications and supportive international missions as well," said Frank Spencer, President of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte. 

Yet, Spencer says, despite all of their work, there is still a lot to be done. 

According to Spencer, "There are 25,000 families in Charlotte that are working, but either living in substandard housing or paying far too much for the housing they have." 

He hopes more people will come together, adding to Habitat Charlottes good deeds, giving every family a chance.
 

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