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Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s team up for National Women Build Week

Anchorage women join volunteers across the United States to build affordable housing with Lowe’s

Anchorage Alaska, May 9, 2014 – More than a 25 local Anchorage women will volunteer together this Saturday including Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers and Habitat Family Partners in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 3-11.

Now in its seventh year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. The week also spotlights the homeownership challenges faced by women.  More than one third of Anchorage households spend more than 30% of their income on housing expenses. In this current housing climate, it’s more important than ever to help our neighbors in as many ways as we can.  Habitat for Humanity works hard to increase the surplus of affordable housing.

The Women Build volunteers and Habitat Family Partners will focus on interior finish work including caulking & painting interior doors as well as installing trim & molding as Habitat works to complete 4 more houses in the Neighbor Drive Subdivision. .   Habitat for Humanity Anchorage Volunteer, Bev Thornburg looks forward to helping Habitat and said “working with good people, for a good cause is nothing but good.”

Actress and author Holly Robinson Peete will help build a new home in Los Angeles County. Peete, a mother of four, is the national spokesperson for National Women Build Week 2014 and a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity. “I am delighted to once again support National Women Build Week and look forward to building alongside the amazing women who take part in this special event,” said Peete. “A home provides such a strong foundation for families, and this week offers great opportunities for women to join together, learn new skills and help families in need of affordable housing.”

Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 and each year provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills. Lowe’s donated $1.75 million to this year’s National Women Build Week, including a $5,000 store gift card to Habitat for Humanity Anchorage as part of a new five-year partnership with Habitat that will bring Lowe’s total contributions to more than $63 million since 2003. In celebration of this renewed partnership, Lowe’s and Habitat launched Hammers for Habitat, a volunteer initiative inviting men and women across America to give one day to help make the dream of homeownership a reality for a family in their community. To learn more, visit Habitat.org/Lowes.

“As part of National Women Build Week, we’re encouraging women across America to raise a hammer to help create safe and affordable housing in partnership with local families,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe's director of community relations. “We thank our Lowe's Heroes and the thousands of volunteers who will help strengthen communities throughout the country this week."

The U.S. Census Bureau reports more than 16.1 million children are living in poverty in the United States. Nearly 24 percent of children reside with women heads-of-household. In Anchorage more than 33% of Anchorage families spend more than 30% of their household income of housing costs.  ◾A substantial gap currently exists between the average housing price and what many people earn. Over the last 10 years, the rise in housing costs in Anchorage has outpaced the growth in wages.

Habitat’s Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable homes in their communities. Since the program was created in 1998, more than 2,200 homes have been built in partnership with low-income families using Women Build crews. More than 52,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered at the six previous Women Build Week events.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, and to learn about Women Build projects in communities across the U.S., visit Habitat.org/wb or the National Women Build Week tab on http://www.facebook.com/habitat.

About Habitat for Humanity Anchorage
Habitat for Humanity Anchorage works in partnership with people throughout the community to build houses, build hope and change lives. We do this by building and renovating simple, decent and affordable houses and by using our voice in the community to make adequate housing a matter of conscience and action.

Habitat sells its houses at cost, with no down payment and interest free financing to qualified low-income Anchorage individuals and families.  We partner with individuals and families of any race, sex, age, disability, faith, familial status or national origin. 

Habitat for Humanity Anchorage is currently halfway through a 23 house subdivision in Northeast Anchorage. We broke ground on the “Neighbor Drive Subdivision”, in spring of 2011 and expect to complete all 23 homes by 2015 yearend. There are 13 families currently living in the Neighbor Drive Subdivision.  To date in Anchorage, Habitat for Humanity has built 84 new construction houses and rehabbed an additional 12 houses with and for Anchorage families.  To learn more about Habitat for Humanity Anchorage visit www.hfhanchorage.org or call (907) 272-0800 ext 4.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more visit habitat.org.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects.  Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.

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