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Does the Chatham Habitat for Humanity build homes for illegal aliens while Americans go homeless?

By Ed Williams
Posted Tuesday, June 8, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County's Habitat for Humanity's Bett Essen tells us that three families will soon move into their new Habitat homes. All three appear to be Hispanic. I have been asked at least once a year to contribute to Habitat, but have not done so because I have not received a definitive answer to the question I have asked, which is "Does Habitat only provide houses for US citizens or legal residents?"

I raised this question back in 2007 and got inconsistent answers. One senior executive of Habitat told me that they have three criteria for selecting a family - need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. She told me that applicants furnish information which includes an answer to the question "Are you a U.S. citizen or permanent resident?" She did not say what influence the answer to that question might have on selecting the family, nor even whether the validity of the answer is checked and verified.

On further inquiry, another senior Habitat executive told me: "It is the policy of the Board of Directors that residency status not be considered when selecting partner families."

So it appears that Habitat for Humanity has no concern about assisting aliens who committed the crime of crossing our borders illegally to remain here illegally. It is possible that all three of these new Habitat owners are here legally, and that all the other Hispanics who are in Habitat houses are also legal. But Habitat, for whatever reason, apparently just does not want to give that assurance to potential donors and the Chatham County public.

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