PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: 07 February 2013                                                                                                            HABITAT FOR HUMANITY COMPLETE THREE EMPTY HOMES IN DAGENHAM On 25th January 2013 Habitat for Humanity, a housing-based development charity working in 70 countries worldwide including the UK, completed their first government-funded empty homes, in Dagenham, Essex. The three flats in Dagenham are the first properties under the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG) Empty Homes community Grants programme to be made available in London. Since the launch of the charity’s Empty Homes scheme in 2010, Habitat for Humanity have refurbished and decorated 16 empty properties in Great Britain, providing affordable housing for families in desperate need. Gareth Hepworth, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity’s domestic operations said: “The refurbishment of empty property allows all concerned to achieve a positive outcome.  Families get the housing they desperately need, an eyesore in the community is bought back to life and society uses its scarce housing resources to the full.” The completion event was held on Friday 25th January and was attended by representatives from the DCLG, the...