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American Bankers Association members help Habitat for Humanity during annual convention in Boston

BOSTON (Oct. 15, 2010) More than 100 bankers from across the country will volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston this Saturday while attending the American Bankers Association annual convention. Through the ABA Housing Partners Foundation, the bankers have raised more than $100,000 to sponsor a home being built in partnership with a low-income family.

“We are pleased to continue our work with Habitat for Humanity because we know that homeownership is a dream shared by many families,” said Diane Casey-Landry, ABA chief operating officer and senior executive vice president. “We are proud to be able to help make this dream a possibility.”

The bankers will kick off the convention by installing insulation and drywall in two townhouse-style homes on Ashton Street in Dorchester.

“Support from the ABA is key to our ability to serve low-income families in Boston,” said Lark Jurev Palermo, president and chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston. “We are working to stabilize and revitalize the neighborhood where the bankers will work on Saturday.”

Since 1991, ABA Housing Partners Foundation has partnered with nonprofit organizations where it held its conventions. The foundation has worked with Habitat for Humanity since 2001 and has contributed more than $1.9 million to help families obtain safe, decent and affordable housing.

Additionally, many ABA member banks have forged partnerships with Habitat for Humanity organizations locally and have increased awareness of the need for affordable housing in their communities.

“Habitat for Humanity is grateful that so many ABA members are engaged in helping families obtain affordable housing,” said Chris Vincent, Habitat for Humanity International director of Congressional Relations and International Affairs. “We are honored that the association continues to partner with us each year.”

The American Bankers Association members have sponsored and helped build houses during previous conventions in New Orleans, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Orlando, San Diego and Chicago. The 2011 convention is taking place October 17–20 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

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.

About Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston
Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, with a local board of directors chaired by Mahmood Malihi, principal at Leggat McCall. Habitat Greater Boston has constructed over 90 homes in Boston during the past 20 years.

About American Bankers Association
The American Bankers Association represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation’s $13 trillion banking industry and its 2 million employees. The majority of ABA’s members are banks with less than $165 million in assets. Learn more at www.aba.com.