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Rebuilding Together Hosts Official National Healthy Homes Pre-Conference Event with Lowe’s and Carter’s Kids

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Rebuilding Together is hosting a special pre-conference event, Building a Healthy Neighborhood, preceding the National Healthy Homes Conference, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation provided a $350,000 grant to Rebuilding Together towards the Healthy Neighborhoods initiative.

Building a Healthy Neighborhood is Rebuilding Together’s event that will showcase the positive effects of a neighborhood that is transformed into a viable, sustainable community and serves as the official pre-event to reflect the power of change in a home.

Rebuilding Together, working with its local affiliate, Rebuilding Together Metro Denver will repair and revitalize the Denver neighborhood of Barnum. On June 18 and 19 Rebuilding Together’s home repairs that focus on the overall health and welfare of the homeowners and community are congruent with the objectives of the National Healthy Homes Conference: safe and healthy living standards in America’s neighborhoods.

More than 250 volunteers from Rebuilding Together and National Sponsors: Lowe’s, Cricket Wireless, CBRE, Carter Oosterhouse’s Carter’s Kids, HUD, Wells Fargo, Encana, Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships, HGTV, DIY Network, and Kmart, will revitalize the Barnum community. Volunteers will perform critical improvements to more than 30 homes, distribute educational resources, and focus on comprehensive health advancements. The workscope includes: major home rehabilitations, basic improvements, accessibility modifications, energy efficient upgrades, and community landscaping.

“I am honored to welcome so many volunteers to work with HUD and Rebuilding Together as we launch the national Healthy Homes conference in Denver,” said Rick Garcia, HUD’s Region Administrator for the Rocky Mountain Region. “We are not only putting our policies into action, but our partnership with Rebuilding Together is transforming the Barnum neighborhood into a more healthy, environmentally safer and sustainable community.”

In addition to the home and neighborhood projects, volunteers will also complete a new playground at Lakewood and Gulch Park, today, Friday, June 17. Carter Oosterhouse, celebrity carpenter and host of Carter Can, in association with his foundation Carter’s Kids, and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation will build the new playground, which promotes a healthy and active lifestyle for local youth.

“Rebuilding Together is thrilled to be hosting the National Healthy Homes Conference’s official pre-event, as well as be part of this outstanding community of housing and health leaders during the Conference,” said Gary A. Officer, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “Rebuilding Together’s work to preserve affordable homeownership reflects the goals of this Conference, which will seek to address ways in which we can all synergize our efforts to advance the health and welfare of America’s communities.”

The National Healthy Homes Conference is an event that will bring together leaders from a range of government and nongovernment entities, whose common goal is to create real and sustainable solutions for safe and affordable housing. This incredible cross-section of leadership and organizations is hosted by: the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, with the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.