Harrisburg Builders ‘Housing a Nation’ Oceans Away
“We’re in the business of housing a nation,” said Wendy David, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Harrisburg in Pennsylvania. “Just because it’s not our nation, doesn’t mean we wouldn’t help.”
That was the philosophy that motivated the recent $1,000 donation by the Harrisburg association to the Home Builders Care/National Housing Endowment-Tsunami Shelter Fund. The Tsunami Shelter Fund was formed last December to help rebuild homes destroyed by a deadly South Asian tsunami that left more than 280,000 dead and 1.2 million people homeless.
The donation was an example, David said, of her board “rising to the occasion, without reservation or hesitation.” The money donated by the HBA of Metro Harrisburg contributes to the nearly $360,000 raised nationwide.
NAHB has designated Habitat for Humanity® International (HBHI) and Shelter For Life International (SFL) to be the recipients of money raised for the Tsunami Shelter Fund and has now distributed the funds to these two organizations, with $75,000 going to HFHI and $283,000 going to SFL.
Funds will by used by Habitat to build an NAHB Home Builders Care Disaster Response Technical Center in India. Shelter For Life will use donated funds for an NAHB Home Builders Care Village of permanent homes in Indonesia.
Now Focusing on Katrina
The National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of NAHB, has closed this fundraising effort and is now focusing on collecting donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
To read more in this issue about the NAHB relief fund establibhed for victims of Hurricane Katrina, click here.