SOURCE: Rebuilding Together

October 13, 2008 12:43 ET

Rebuilding Together Provides Energy Efficient Repairs to Devastated Gulf Coast Community

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS--(Marketwire - October 13, 2008) - This week, Rebuilding Together, the nation's largest non-profit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership, is providing free home repair services to five homeowners in Bay St. Louis, Miss., all of whom were impacted when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the small coastal city more than three years ago. Teams of Rebuilding Together affiliates nationwide will come together as part of two national Rebuilding Together initiatives, the Gulf Coast Operations Initiative and the Energy Efficient Homes Initiative.

The Energy Efficient Homes Initiative is a national partnership between Rebuilding Together and The American Petroleum Institute that incorporates energy efficiency into home renovations for low-income homeowners, many of whom are elderly, disabled or have young children. In the Gulf Coast states, devastated homes are being rebuilt with energy efficient measures designed to improve the homeowner's quality of life, limit the environmental impact of home construction, reduce the homeowner's heating and cooling bills, and ultimately help preserve affordable homeownership in the recovering communities.

"Rebuilding Together incorporates energy efficiency into nearly every home we renovate," said Erin Lawless, manager of Rebuilding Together's Gulf Coast Operations. "This is especially critical for our work in the Gulf states, where the economic impact of multiple historic hurricane seasons has left low-income homeowners with exhausted savings, rising insurance, medical, and energy costs."

Launched in 2005, Rebuilding Together's Gulf Coast Operations pledged to rebuild 1000 homes in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. To date, that pledge has mobilized more than 10,000 volunteers from Rebuilding Together affiliates nationwide. The operation has provided free renovations and critical repairs to the homes of low-income Gulf Coast residents who could not manage on government assistance and insurance alone. Work completed to date has an estimated market value of $30 million.

About Rebuilding Together:

Rebuilding Together is the nation's largest non-profit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing home repair and renovation services free of charge to those in need. Through the support of corporate sponsors, local businesses and the hands-on work of over 200,000 volunteers, Rebuilding Together renovates and repairs nearly 10,000 homes and non-profit facilities annually with a market value of nearly $100 million. In addition to its core home repair work, Rebuilding Together renovates community centers and conducts home modification and repair programs that focus on elder home safety, energy efficiency, veterans housing, and disaster recovery and reconstruction. Rebuilding Together has over 200 affiliates and recently celebrated the completion of its 100,000th project. For more information, visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.

About API:

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the primary trade association for the oil and natural gas industry in the United States. Representing one of the most technologically advanced industries in the world, API's membership includes nearly 400 companies engaged in all aspects of the oil and natural gas industry, including the exploration, production, refining, transportation and marketing of crude oil, natural gas and related consumer products. For more information on API, please visit its website: www.api.org.

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