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Habitat CEO announces second national Home Builders Blitz in 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2007) – Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford attended the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla., on Friday to announce the second national Home Builders Blitz, an event that seeks to involve professional homebuilders nationwide in the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes, which will take place May 31 through June 7, 2008.

“Habitat for Humanity is pleased to partner with professional builders across the United States for the 2008 Home Builders Blitz,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Professional builders comprise a very logical network for Habitat to engage—and a very skilled one, as well. The Home Builders Blitz event maintains our commitment to the volunteer aspect of our work, and we’re grateful for the enthusiasm with which builders continue to embrace the project—and Habitat’s mission overall.”

The Home Builders Blitz was started in 2002 by Tom Gipson, a professional homebuilder in Raleigh, N.C., who supported Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to eliminate poverty housing in his community. Gipson rallied other local builders for an accelerated build, which was so successful that Habitat for Humanity International decided to promote it as a nationwide event.

The first national Home Builders Blitz was held in June 2006 and resulted in more than 400 new Habitat homes in communities across the country. Habitat will reprise the Home Builders Blitz in June 2008 with “Plans for America,” which has a goal to increase homebuilder participation to all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“Bringing professional homebuilders into Habitat’s work is a natural project for a housing ministry,” said Kevin Campbell, director of the Home Builders Blitz. “The builders will augment the excellent work done every day by Habitat volunteers around the world, which will help Habitat serve even more families in need.”

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.