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Housing starts

"Housing starts" Continued...

Issue: "Effective compassion," Sept. 2, 2006

With two full-time and four part-time staff members, and an annual budget of about $630,000, Genesee Habitat's strength lies in its ability to solicit and coordinate help from diverse organizations, from schools to prisons to home appliance companies. At the Habitat office, two boxes of children's books donated by the Flint Area Reading Council sat on a chair, waiting to be delivered to a partnering family. The office-a bland, cinderblock storage building with exposed bathroom pipes-isn't much aesthetically, but Mrs. Kato says she would "hate to have an office in some really grand place" while trying to help people who have never owned a house.

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