Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 24, 2007
CONTACT: Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law
Lawyers' Committee Co-Host Open House to Unveil Environment Friendly Housing in Hurricane Devastated Area
WASHINGTON - January 24 - On Saturday, January 27, the
first environmentally-friendly modular home in the
historic African American community of North Gulfport,
Mississippi will be unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony
from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. This special ceremony will
occur at 8208 Ohio Street and will be followed by
a tour of the model home and a block party. The event
will showcase one of the most innovative solutions
yet proposed to the housing crisis gripping the Gulf
Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
Housing is vital to preserving the work force,
history, and cultural heritage of the Gulf Coast.
The unveiling of the modular green house in North
Gulfport represents a significant step towards restoring
this unique and valuable community in a way that is
both healthy and affordable, said Barbara R.
Arnwine, Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee
for Civil Rights.
The construction of this prototype house marks the
culmination of years of work by the Lawyers' Committee,
North Gulfport Community Land Trust, and Unity Homes.
The North Gulfport Community Land Trust was organized
recently to purchase land for the development of affordable
housing. Unity Homes is working to establish a local
factory that will produce environmentally friendly,
affordable housing using modular construction techniques.
The Lawyers' Committee has worked to establish both
of these organizations as independent nonprofits and
has facilitated their collaboration in this project.
The Lawyers' Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit
civil rights organization, formed in 1963 at the request
of President John F. Kennedy to provide legal services
to address racial discrimination.
For more information on the Lawyers' Committee, visit
us at www.lawyerscommittee.org