Habitat Builds Hurricane Relief Homes on National Mall
The National Mall in Washington, D.C. was turned into a construction zone on Friday as volunteers from Habitat for Humanity and Freddie Mac assembled with congressional delegations to build homes for families who were uprooted by hurricanes in the Gulf Coast region.
Fifty-one homes will be completed during the week-long effort, representing each state and the District of Columbia.
“America Builds on the National Mall” is part of a larger nationwide effort by Habitat to frame interior and exterior walls that are then shipped to the Gulf Coast region and assembled into permanent housing.
As it progresses, the project is being covered by the NBC News Today show as part of its ongoing "Make a Difference Today" partnership with Habitat. NBC 4 in Washington is also covering the activities and is a sponsor of the event.
Freddie Mac, the sole corporate sponsor, is providing several hundred employees to help frame the homes.
The District of Columbia home was among the first to be built and will stand as a demonstration house throughout the course of the build.
NAHB Disaster Relief Effort and Fund
Visit NAHB’s Disaster Relief Efforts on the NAHB Web site for more information on how the federation is helping victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita.
To donate to the Home Building Industry Disaster Relief Fund click here.