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Habitat for Humanity International, Congress partner for families

U.S. legislators join Habitat for Humanity to underscore the need for affordable housing

WASHINGTON, March. 17 — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., other members of Congress and acting Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alfonso Jackson will join Habitat for Humanity Founder and President Millard Fuller and Habitat partner families to build on four houses at the Congress Building America (CBA) National Build, Thursday, March 25, in Washington, D.C. Legislators will build from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The national CBA event will help raise legislators’ awareness of the need for affordable housing in the United States. A joint effort between Habitat for Humanity International and several major corporations and trade associations, the national build will focus on construction of two Habitat houses at a site, which will eventually include 53 single-family homes. The site is located at 215 54th Street, NE, in Washington. Work on the houses will continue through the summer, and one home will be dedicated in a ceremony in September.

Senators Mary Landrieu, D-La., Jack Reed, D-R.I., Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Norm Coleman, R-Minn., along with Representatives Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., John Boehner, R-Ohio, Julia Carson, D-Ind., Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, Bob Ney, R-Ohio, David Price, D-N.C., and Jim Walsh, R-N.Y. are also among legislators who agreed to build.

The event will also include a spouse’s build, in which congressional spouses will also work on the construction site and participate in an afternoon pass of the hammer. Emilie Shaw, wife of Rep. Clay Shaw, R-Fla., Tricia Lott, wife of Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., Frank Snellings, husband of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Betty Ann Tanner, wife of Rep. John Tanner, D-Tenn., co-chair the spouse’s build.

“Congress Building America goes beyond working on Habitat houses,” says Fuller. “It helps us to raise public awareness of this country’s housing crisis and sends a message to Congress that this nation needs sound and effective housing policies.”

CBA has garnered strong support from congressional leaders. In a March 9, “Dear Colleague” letter, Frist and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., urged members to join legislators to build at the Congress Building America National Build and reminded them of the overwhelming congressional response to the 2001 House the Senate Built program.

In addition to the national build, members have agreed to build with Habitat affiliates in their home states and districts. Sixty-four members have already signed up with HFH affiliates.

Congress Building America National Underwriters
National underwriters of Congress Building America are: America’s Community Bankers, Andersen Corp., Bank of America, The Dow Chemical Co., Fannie Mae, Federal Home Loan Banks, First Horizon Home Loans, Freddie Mac, Hanley-Wood, LLC, National Association of Home Builders, National Association of REALTORS, Noesis, Inc., Oldcastle, Inc., The PMI Foundation and the Whirlpool Corporation.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a 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 92 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. www.habitat.org.