Former President Jimmy Carter and three members of a Soviet volunteer organization have agreed to work jointly on housing projects for the needy next summer in Washington state and the Soviet Union.

Carter met Sunday with the Soviet delegation at his home in Plains. He is active in Habitat for Humanity, a group that builds homes for the working poor."One of the things they (the Russians) wanted to do was housing work for the benefit of low-income people with children, and Habitat fit the bill," said Millard Fuller, Habitat's executive director, who also attended the meeting with the Soviets.

"We decided that next summer a group of 10 Soviets will come to Yakima (Wash.) and work with 10 Americans on the Habitat project there for five or six weeks," Fuller said. "Then the group will go to the Soviet Union and work on a similar project there."

Habitat has conducted home-building projects in more than 300 U.S. cities as well as Canada, Australia and developing nations.