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Habitat for Humanity homeowner and former homeless veteran attends signing ceremony of VA reform bill


Ken Harris, a formerly homeless veteran and current Habitat for Humanity homeowner, and members of Habitat’s staff were on hand in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, to witness President Obama’s signing of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, which provides needed services to veterans by the Veterans Administration.

“Habitat for Humanity supports the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act and we are honored to witness the president promptly sign it into law,” said Christopher Ptomey, director of federal relations. “Research consistently demonstrates that decent, affordable housing contributes significantly to good health. As Habitat continues to improve housing for military service members, veterans and their families, we are pleased to see this law improve the VA’s ability to meet other healthcare needs of this community.”

Through its Veterans Build initiative, Habitat for Humanity supports our nation’s military service members, veterans and their families through volunteer, employment and housing opportunities. Habitat is pleased to see improvement in serving this important population.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit


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