Shelter Haiti Project building towards 1,001 homes

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Jennifer Grove - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Shelter Haiti project is teaming up with the community Wednesday to continue towards their goal of building 1,001 modular homes to send to Haiti.

Volunteers are in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center parking lot from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event is designed to invite media and community participation in a project that will provide shelter for thousands of suffering Haitians. Organizers of the program seek monetary donations as well as volunteer labor to build the 12x8-foot homes.

The rainy season is beginning in Haiti and many families are still living in the makeshift camps and tents. Organizers say Shelter Haiti will provide a sturdy modular "home" for family members to seek shelter from the rain and heat that will be coming with the summer hurricane season.

A modular home can be built and shipped to the disaster-stricken country for $500 per home. Organizers say any donations made to Haiti prior to April 15, count as tax deductible donations on 2009 tax returns.

The custom-designed houses accommodate up to eight people. Once the sections are constructed, they will be stacked, banded and shipped to Haiti, where they can be assembled on site in two hours. Project leaders say they are working with the Port Authority in hopes of being able to ship the shelters from Georgetown to Haiti.

Shelter Haiti is a large-scale aid initiative created by Christians Organized for Relief Efforts (CORE Alliance), based in Houston, and Christ in Action, based in Manassas, VA. The project began in Houston, where volunteers pledged to build 1,000 homes.

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