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Florida Tech to Build Habitat House on Campus Feb. 21; University in Partnership with Bank of America and Harris Corp.

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology will further its long-standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County with an on-campus “build” of a Habitat House structure Feb. 21, 8:30 a.m.-noon. A short ceremony will take place at 9:30 with Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese and Habitat for Humanity President and CEO Joe Gassman.

The effort will be led by students in the university’s construction management program and Harris Corporation employees. They will raise the exterior walls in the parking lot behind the Florida Tech Commons building at the corner of Babcock Street and University Boulevard.

After the framing has been completed on campus, the structure will be transported to a prepared building site at 2391 Sarno Rd. for completion and a wall-raising ceremony with Harris Corp. Feb. 22. The property was donated by Bank of America Construction.

The new residents will by Henry Morales and Brianna James, who are engaged to be married. “This is something that wouldn’t have happened without the help of Habitat. We would not be able to afford a house,” said James, who is confined to a wheelchair.

In preparation for this effort, the Florida Tech students have been participating in other local Habitat projects for the past month in Melbourne, Palm Bay and Titusville.

The public is invited to participate in the build at Florida Tech. For more information, contact Prof. Ralph V. Locurcio, PE, head of the construction management program, at locurcio@fit.edu.

About Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County Inc.
Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.Since 1985, this Affiliate has provided more than 314 families with the opportunity of home ownership in partnership with many individuals, businesses, organizations and members of the faith community.For more information, visit www.brevardhabitat.com, or follow us at www.facebook.com/HabitatBrevardCounty or at www.twitter.com/BrevardHabitat

All are welcome
Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Inc. has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

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 habitat.org.

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and about 14,000 employees — including 6,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at harris.com.

Harris employees are actively involved in their communities and the company promotes social responsibility by participating in community outreach programs. Harris has participated in six previous Habitat house builds.

About Bank of America
Bank of America is working to connect communities to better economic futures, and we’re taking a comprehensive approach to providing meaningful response to needs related to housing, hunger and jobs. These areas encompass community development, workforce development and education, and basic human services. In addition to their philanthropic giving, they look for ways to enhance the quality of life in communities through volunteer efforts and broader corporate social responsibility activities. They are proud to partner with many great organizations that make a difference nationally and locally.

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