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Habitat Founder

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Fired Habitat for Humanity International founder Millard Fuller has formed a new charity to raise money for the homebuilding group, despite the possibility of a lawsuit over his use of the Habitat name.

Fuller, a native of Alabama, announced today that he's already raised one (m) million dollars for his new group -- Building Habitat Incorporated.

The contribution is from Paul Amos -- a founder of Aflac Insurance. He has committed one (m) million dollars over the next five years -- half of it to be used by Habitat for Humanity's Columbus, Georgia, affiliate.

Fuller and his supporters met over the weekend to finalize the formation of Building Habitat. They describe the group as a new housing ministry dedicated to providing funds and other support to nonprofit housing organizations around the world.

Fuller said today that Building Habitat is NOT intended to compete with Habitat for Humanity. He says rather it is meant to be what he called a "companion" to Habitat.

A Habitat for Humanity spokesman says the group has no comment
beyond what already has been said.

Fuller founded Habitat for Humanity in 1976, but was fired January 31st after more than a year of tension sparked by allegations that Fuller sexually harassed a female colleague.


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