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Community bankers building with Habitat families

Community bankers continue tradition of building affordable homes with Habitat families

WASHINGTON (Oct. 13, 2004) – The need to provide affordable homes for American families continues to be the driving force behind community bankers’ resolve to work on a Habitat house during America’s Community Bankers annual convention. This year, nearly 100 bankers and their spouses will convene at a Habitat construction site in Washington, D.C., to work on a single-family unit in the northeast quadrant of the city. The volunteer build will be Saturday, Oct. 16, preceding ACB’s convention, Oct.17-20, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

As they have done for the past three years, members of America’s Community Bankers and its ACB Housing Partners Foundation will work alongside a Habitat partner family, Daryl and Carla Floyd and their three children, to build the frame and raise the walls of a Habitat house.

“We are excited to join these bankers at the construction site as they swing hammers in support of affordable housing,” said Tom Jones, vice president, Habitat for Humanity International. “Each year they are more enthusiastic than the year before, which is demonstrated in their hard work and the financial commitment they make to Habitat for Humanity and its mission.”

Since 2000, ACB has partnered with the housing ministry to build a house in the host city of its annual convention. Previous builds were in New Orleans, San Francisco and Las Vegas. In 2003, ACB formalized its relationship with Habitat for Humanity International and, through its member banks and the ACB Housing Foundation, has contributed more than $1 million toward the construction of Habitat houses around the country. For this build, the ACB and ACB Housing Partners Foundation fully sponsored the construction of the home with a contribution of $139,000.

Diane Casey-Landry, president and CEO of America’s Community Bankers, said, “We believe that working with Habitat reinforces our community bankers’ commitment to housing and homeownership. ACB members don’t just provide loans to build houses. They help to build homes. This is a very special event as we begin to build what will become the home for the Floyd family. It’s a dream that’s being fulfilled by millions of other families across the country.”

This year’s build is part of Habitat for Humanity’s Congress Building America program. ACB is one of 14 national underwriters of HFHI’s Congress Building America program, which invites members of Congress to partner with Habitat for Humanity affiliates in their home districts to build houses and raise awareness about the need for affordable housing. Since 1997, these congressional builds have resulted in the construction of 600 Habitat houses.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. www.habitat.org.

About America’s Community Bankers
America’s Community Bankers is the member driven national trade association representing community banks that pursue progressive, entrepreneurial and service-oriented strategies to benefit their customers and communities. To learn more about ACB, visit www.AmericasCommunityBankers.com.