OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Former President Jimmy Carter stressed the importance of low-cost affordable housing in a working visit at a housing development in East Oakland Monday.
Speaking to reporters during a break to his visit to the 12-unit Brookfield Court project at 9507 Edes Ave., Carter, 89, said it’s “a basic human right to have a decent place to live” and he and his wife Rosalynn have been working with Habitat for Humanity for 30 years to try to make that possible.
Carter, who was dressed in blue jeans, a light blue shirt, a white baseball cap and tennis shoes, said having a good place to live gives people dignity and self-respect, keeps them off the streets and makes it less likely that they will commit crimes.
Good housing “improves the quality of life for everyone,” said Carter, who helped fit frames around windows and window sills.
The Carters came to Oakland as part of the Jimmy & Rosalynn Work Project, an annual one-week effort in which they join with other Habitat for Humanity volunteers to help build houses and raise awareness of the need for affordable housing in breaking the cycle of poverty.