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NAHB Members and Staff Participate in ‘Family Build’ for Habitat for Humanity

Four households in Maryland became first-time home owners last week at the conclusion of a “Family Build” by NAHB in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County.

Association members and staff helped build a four-townhouse unit in the Forest Glen area of Silver Spring. NAHB plans to build Habitat homes for the next three years in conjunction with its spring board of directors meetings in Washington, D.C.

“NAHB has long enjoyed a thriving partnership with Habitat for Humanity,” said NAHB President Kent Conine, “and we are so pleased that our NAHB family is working with Habitat to help these families achieve the American dream of homeownership.”

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Wives of NAHB Senior Officers — Meg Conine, Annette Rayburn, Trish Wilson, Tammy Pressley and Debby Smith — were among the many volunteers who participated in the weeklong build.

Also rolling up their sleeves were Reps. Jeb Hensarling (T-TX), John Sullivan (R-OK) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

“We are so thankful to NAHB for making it possible to build our home,” said Senia Ovalles, who along with her husband, Jose, and children, Elaine and Eliana, will be moving into one of the new homes. “We also are thankful to the many volunteers who have joined us on the work site to help build.”

Habitat families labor on their homes and then purchase them with no-interest mortgages.

Elm Street Developers and Craftstar Homes donated land for the three bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom Habitat homes, which are an easy walk to a Metro rail station.

For years, NAHB and Habitat for Humanity International have enjoyed a unique partnership to provide affordable housing to families in need across the country. NAHB members and state and local home builders associations participate in builds, conduct fundraisers and donate money and materials to support Habitat efforts locally as part of their community service programs.

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