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Habitat for Humanity wins national homebuilding award

AMERICUS, Ga. (Oct. 2, 2007) – Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz is the recipient of the 2007 “Community Service in Contracting Award,” sponsored by the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA). Donna Bosley, founding member of both Habitat for Humanity International Women Build Steering Council and Habitat for Humanity of Saline County, Ark. accepted the national award on Habitat’s behalf during NASCLA’s annual conference banquet on Friday, Sept. 28, 2007.

“We are very touched and honored to have received industry recognition through this award, since building officials and other licensing professionals play a major role in making our work possible.” said Kevin Campbell, director of building industry relations for Habitat for Humanity. “Such recognition speaks volumes of the support and encouragement the homebuilding industry lends to Habitat’s mission.”

The national Community Service in Contracting Award was created as a way for NASCLA and its members to recognize the positive impact that contractors and construction related associations have on their communities. With this award, NASCLA showcases the countless hours and efforts that contractors and construction-related associations make by raising funds, contributing time, labor and materials to community causes.

Habitat’s Home Builders Blitz was started in 2002 by Tom Gipson, a professional home builder in Raleigh, N.C., who supported Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to eliminate substandard housing in his community. Gipson rallied other local builders for an accelerated build, which was so successful it was adopted as an annual nationwide event. In 2006, the more than 400 Habitat homes were completed by professional homebuilders in just one week. A second national Home Builders Blitz is planned for summer 2008.

The National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) is a nonprofit corporation that was formed in 1962 and is dedicated to assisting its members in regulating construction contractors. NASCLA represents more than 30 state contractor licensing agencies as well as more than 40 construction firms, contractor trade associations and other professional organizations that are affiliated with the construction industry.

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 1976, Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.