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#949521 --- 01/04/09 04:05 AM Charity homes start to crumble
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Charity homes built by Hollywood start to crumble
John Harlow in Los Angeles

RESIDENTS of a model housing estate bankrolled by Hollywood celebrities and hand-built by Jimmy Carter, the former US president, are complaining that it is falling apart.

Fairway Oaks was built on northern Florida wasteland by 10,000 volunteers, including Carter, in a record 17-day “blitz” organised by the charity Habitat for Humanity.

Eight years later it is better known for cockroaches, mildew and mysterious skin rashes.

A forthcoming legal battle over Fairway Oaks threatens the reputation of a charity envied for the calibre of its celebrity supporters, who range from Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt to Colin Firth, Christian Bale and Helena Bonham Carter.

The case could challenge the bedrock philosophy behind Habitat for Humanity, claiming that using volunteers, rather than professional builders, is causing as many problems as it solves.

April Charney, a lawyer representing many of the 85 homeowners in Fairway Oaks, said she had no problems taking on Habitat for Humanity, despite its status as a “darling of liberal social activists”. She said the charity should have told people that part of the estate had been built on a rubbish dump.

One man pulled up his floorboards to find rubbish 5ft deep under his kitchen. Other complaints include cracking walls and rotting door frames that let in rats and ants. Many residents have complained of mildew and mysterious skin rashes.

One resident said her children were suffering from skin complaints. "The intentions are good, but when the politicians and big-shot stars have left we're stuck with the consequences. This house looks pretty but inside it either stinks or sweats," she said.

Judy Hall, the charity's local development director, said recently that it had been dealing with about 30 complaints. She added that skilled work was carried out by professionals.

Some residents dismiss their neighbors worries. Diennal Fields, 51, said people did not know how to look after their homes: "It's simple stuff: if there is mildew, don't get a lawyer, get a bottle of bleach."
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#949543 --- 01/04/09 04:40 AM Re: Charity homes start to crumble [Re: HarleyBobT]
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He shulda stuck with raising peanuts.



Or fighting water rabbits.
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#949726 --- 01/04/09 03:31 PM Re: Charity homes start to crumble [Re: SkySoldier]
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I KNEW Jimmy Carter and his volunteers are evil people!

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#949772 --- 01/04/09 04:59 PM Re: Charity homes start to crumble [Re: threeputt]
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Habitat for Humanity is a far more successful charity than most. It is inevitable that there will be problems with buildings - it seems like the org would have insurance for this sort of thing happening. Hilarious to directly blame Jimmy Carter though - as if he is personally constructing every house. Lol.
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#949826 --- 01/04/09 07:10 PM Re: Charity homes start to crumble [Re: threeputt]
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Originally Posted By: threeputt
I KNEW Jimmy Carter and his volunteers are evil people!


Now how did you know that? Was it his backing of Hamas and Hezbolllah ... and his condemnation of Israel for defending itself??



Or his failure to even give a nod to the tens of thousand s of rockets both groups have rained down on Israel daily for years now?
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#949881 --- 01/04/09 08:20 PM Re: Charity homes start to crumble [Re: SkySoldier]
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Or the fact that he blew the rescue in Iran
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#949887 --- 01/04/09 08:28 PM Re: Charity homes start to crumble [Re: BraveHeart]
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And he could not pronounce nuclear either. But because he was a leftie, he gets a pass.
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#949916 --- 01/04/09 09:13 PM Re: Charity homes start to crumble [Re: BraveHeart]
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#949923 --- 01/04/09 09:19 PM Re: Charity homes start to crumble [Re: BraveHeart]
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Originally Posted By: BraveHeart
Or the fact that he blew the rescue in Iran


He tried. He left it to the military to choose the right equipment; they chose the wrong choppers, which didn't have the proper dust filters, which is what caused the chain-reaction crash and burn.
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#949931 --- 01/04/09 09:36 PM Re: Charity homes start to crumble [Re: Fernando]
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Originally Posted By: Fernando


Fernando.

There is not a living nor dead leader of a country since WWII that has not had their photo taken with high ranking members of any other country in the worlds' administrations.

I'n sure they went and had sex right after that photo was taken.

LOLOLOL~!


Edited by SkySoldier (01/04/09 09:39 PM)
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#949933 --- 01/04/09 09:40 PM Re: Charity homes start to crumble [Re: SkySoldier]
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"I'n sure they went and had sex right after that photo was taken."

LOL! With that pair, anything's possible.
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#949934 --- 01/04/09 09:41 PM Re: Charity homes start to crumble [Re: VM Smith]
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LMAO!



True dat.
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#950222 --- 01/05/09 04:39 AM Re: Charity homes start to crumble [Re: SkySoldier]
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You're absurd. US representatives weren't just shaking Saddam's hand - they were funding his regime and supplying him with the weapons he used to terrorize his own people. And blocking UN action against him after he gassed the Kurds. But I bet you have some cute snappy slang lingo comeback for that too.
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