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Affordable Housing For Palestinians

Funds given through this ECO account will be channeled to four housing projects undertaken by partner churches in Palestine. (1) The St. Andrews Housing Society is sponsored by St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Ramallah. Construction of the exterior and interior partitions of the facility is complete. An additional $66,667, to be matched on a 2-for-1 basis by gifts from the Arab bank, is needed to complete the project. (2) The Taybeh Orthodox Housing Project is constructing housing for Orthodox Christian Palestinian families in Taybeh, a Christian village northeast of Ramallah. $48,000 is needed to complete the construction of the skeletons of 15 duplexes (30 homes) and a further $1.4 million for the interior work on these homes. (3) The Lutheran World Federation owns land on the Mount of Olives and is seeking to raise at least $2 million from churches in the United States for home construction on that land. Christian tenants will rent these apartments at subsidized rates. (4) The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation has a program aimed at the repair and rehabilitation of deteriorating homes owned and occupied by Christian families in older sections of Bethlehem and its environs. Seven percent of any gifts to this project will cover HCEF's overhead costs. In 2006, 91 homes were rehabilitated, at an average cost of just under $4,000. All four of these opportunities were identified in response to Commissioner's Resolution 04-19 passed at the 216th General Assembly (2004) and affirmed by subsequent actions of the PMA. Donors may designate which of the three projects their gifts will support.