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Cable industry supports Habitat’s rebuilding

Cable Hope Fund awards Habitat for Humanity
$200,000 grant for rebuilding efforts in hurricane-affected areas

AMERICUS, Ga. (Dec. 21, 2005) — The Cable Hope Fund, sponsored by the National Cable Television Association, with donations from cable operators across the United States, granted Habitat for Humanity International $200,000. The gift will help low-income families throughout the Gulf Coast region build simple, decent Habitat homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In all, the Cable Hope Fund granted more than $700,000 to Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Matthew 25 Ministries, Oxfam America and the State Educational Technology Directors Association. Each organization was recognized for their efforts in helping people in the Gulf Coast region.

The grant was accepted in Washington, D.C., by Tom Jones, ambassador-at-large for Habitat, with a citation from Italia Commisso Weinand from Mediacom Communications who said the award was given “… in recognition of Habitat for Humanity’s exceptional efforts to rebuild communities broken by Katrina, the Cable Hope Fund will provide Habitat with a grant of $200,000 to help further its work rebuilding Gulf Coast communities.”

“In the aftermath of the hurricane, we experienced an unprecedented outpouring of generous support from organizations, companies and individuals in the cable industry wanting to help in recovery, relief and rebuilding efforts,” said Kyle McSlarrow, NCTA president and chief executive officer. “We are proud to deliver this important funding to Habitat for Humanity to help their exceptional Operation Home Delivery program rebuild homes in the Gulf Coast region.”

Since hurricanes Rita and Katrina devastated communities, Habitat for Humanity has been building homes through its Operation Home Delivery program in Mobile County, Ala.; Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, Slidell and Thibodaux, La.; and throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area, with plans to expand into coastal Mississippi after the new year.

“We are honored and grateful to receive this award from the cable industry,” said Jones. “More families, who are now in need more than ever, will realize the joy of owning a home of their own thanks to generous partners.”

About NCTA
NCTA is the principal trade association of the cable television industry in the United States. NCTA represents cable operators serving more than 90 percent of the nation’s cable television households and more than 200 cable program networks, as well as equipment suppliers and providers of other services to the cable industry.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than one million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org/.