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National Association of Home Builders To Participate in HFH 'Family Build'

National Association of Home Builders To Participate in Habitat for Humanity ‘Family Build’

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2003–Board members of the National Association of Home Builders and their families will build four Habitat for Humanity houses May 5-9. This is the first year of NAHB’s “Family Build,” with plans to build Habitat homes for the next 3 years during their annual board of directors meetings in Washington, D.C.

NAHB will build part of a four-townhouse unit in the Forest Glen area of Silver Spring, Md., in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County. Four families will occupy the town homes, and each will be paying a no-interest, no-profit mortgage.

Representatives Jeb Hensarling (TX), Pete Sessions (TX), John Sullivan (OK), Bennie Thompson (MS) and Chris Van Hollen (MD) and are scheduled to join the NAHB volunteers and Habitat homeowner families at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 8.

“Habitat for Humanity and NAHB have had a long and fruitful relationship through the years,” said Kent Conine, Executive Vice President of NAHB. “Our members support Habitat for Humanity in diverse ways, and what our members have discovered is that what they receive from working with Habitat far outweighs what they provide.”

The Ovalles family, who will build alongside NAHB board members, said, “We are so thankful to NAHB for making it possible to build our home. We also are thankful to the many volunteers who have joined us on the work site to help build. Habitat has given us the opportunity to finally own our own home, which we never thought we would be able to do. We can’t wait to have a house and a safe place for our children to grow up.”

“Habitat for Humanity has long had a wonderful partnership with the National Association of Home Builders. That partnership has been expressed in house sponsorship, providing crew and house leadership to help with the actual construction of houses and in making available overall leadership to the work of Habitat for Humanity,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “Now, the board members are going a step further in strengthening the bond between the NAHB and Habitat for Humanity. We are enormously grateful.”

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 87 nations have built more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. http://www.habitat.org/