Carter, who is chair of the Carter Center Mental Health Task Force and honorary chair of "A Partnership to Open Doors," explained the impetus behind the new initiative in a Habitat for Humanity press release. "For many years, I have worked to help improve the quality of life for people with mental illnesses. And for many years, Jimmy and I have been building homes with Habitat for Humanity. Now these two causes are coming together in an exciting new partnership. . . . [W]e believe that, while increasing opportunities for home ownership, we can decrease the stigma associated with mental illnesses."