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American Idol winner Taylor Hicks’ homecoming hits high note as singer helps build Habitat for Humanity home

Idol works alongside volunteers on build site in hometown of Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (March 18, 2010) – American Idol winner Taylor Hicks turned a visit to his hometown into an opportunity to help a low-income family realize the dream of homeownership by building with Habitat for Humanity.

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The singer worked alongside volunteers installing siding and painting on a Habitat build site in Birmingham. Hicks, who won season five of the popular show American Idol, grew up in the area and was in town visiting family.

“Coming to Birmingham really makes me appreciate the importance of having a place to call home,” said Hicks. “I wanted a way to help someone else experience this wonderful sense of home, and Habitat is a natural fit. Our work on the build site makes a tangible difference in the lives of these families and to be able to do this in my hometown—a place that has so many memories for me—makes it that much more special.”

The homes under construction in the Habitat subdivision Wylam Oaks are part of Building on Faith, a service opportunity for dozens of area churches in the Lenten season. The six homes will be dedicated on Good Friday so the homeowners can move in and celebrate during Easter weekend.

“We are excited that Taylor is taking time out of his busy schedule to work with us,” said Charles Moore, president and chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity Greater Birmingham. “His generous commitment to bringing attention to the issue of poverty housing is so important, and we are grateful for his dedication.”

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About Habitat Birmingham

A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry serving Jefferson, Shelby and Walker Counties since 1987, it is ranked sixth out of more than 1,500 Habitat affiliates in the United States. For more information about Habitat Birmingham, visit www.habitatbirmingham.org.

About Taylor Hicks
Birmingham native and American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks is currently touring the country in Grease. His new DVD, “Whomp at the Warfield,” was just released.

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, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org.