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Lawmakers Will Build House With Habitat For Humanity

Habitat Hat

When Indiana lawmakers say they plan to build a house together during the upcoming session, they really mean it. The legislature has chosen Habitat for Humanity as its charitable cause for 2017.

The House Republican and Democratic caucuses traditionally pick a charity to focus on each session. This year, they’re joining with their Senate colleagues to support Habitat for Humanity, which will include building the frame of a house on the Statehouse lawn in March.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says Habitat is about more than just building new dwellings, though.

“It’s about educating people to own homes and financial training,” Bosma says.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says Habitat for Humanity also provides a boost to the volunteers that are put to work.

“In a way that’s physical, that’s hard, that’s at times challenging and it ensures that at the end of the day they’re tired and they feel like they have done something very positive for their fellow citizens,” Pelath says.

Habitat will seek to raise $30,000 for its Statehouse project. Bosma says the four caucuses received ethics committee approval to send a joint fundraising letter during the session for the cause. Legislative fundraising during session is otherwise prohibited by state law.

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