May 16, 2008

One Post-Katrina New Orleans Home to be Retrofitted with Universal Design, Green Features

From press release:

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Senior Lending Network are joining forces with Rebuilding Together New Orleans to rebuild a home damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers from NAHB’s 50+ Housing Council will participate in a two-day community service project May 17-18 to help rebuild the home of displaced owners Hazel Tate, age 87, and Hilda Levy, age 67. On May 18, the three groups will host a media event featuring legendary actor Robert Wagner, spokesperson for the Senior Lending Network, to meet the homeowners and provide guided tours of the home and show its progress to date.

The purpose of the project, which is being sponsored by the Senior Lending Network, is to make the home, which is owned by an elderly daughter and mother, both age-appropriate and environmentally friendly through the inclusion of aging-in-place and green features. While a volunteer crew works on the interior and exterior, the turn-of-the-century shotgun home will be equipped with universal design components such as a no-step entrance, wider doorways, ADA-compliant grab bars, raised countertops, comfort-height toilets, ENERGY STAR appliances and other energy-efficient features.

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The community service project is being held in advance of NAHB’s 2008 Building for Boomers & Beyond: 50+ Housing Symposium,SM May 19-21 in New Orleans. Presented by the NAHB 50+ Housing Council, the Symposium is the premier educational and networking event for industry professionals who serve the growing 50+ housing market.

This event also kicks off the Senior Lending Network’s Senior Independent Living Month from May 15 to June 15. All mortgage originators affiliated with the Senior Lending Network will be asked to join forces to promote social responsibility and the ethical treatment of seniors and discuss the positive benefits of reverse mortgages.

Rebuilding Together New Orleans is a local affiliate of the national non-profit organization, Rebuilding Together, Inc. By utilizing volunteer labor and corporate sponsorship, Rebuilding Together New Orleans is able to rebuild the homes of low-income, elderly and disabled residents who are still trying to return home. Since Katrina, the organization has been able to completely rehabilitate 95 homes, with another 30 in progress.


Sunday, May 18, 2008

3:00-4:00 p.m.


1825-27 St. Roch St., New Orleans

*Directions available upon request.


* Robert Wagner, legendary actor and Senior Lending Network spokesperson
* Joanne (Jo) Theunissen, Chair, NAHB 50+ Housing Council
* Kristen Gisleson Palmer, Director, Rebuilding Together New Orleans
* A volunteer crew of more than 40 NAHB members, including builders, developers, architects, remodelers, and experts in universal design and green building.


Registration is complimentary for members of the working press for both the media event and Symposium. For more information, please contact Jeff Jenkins at 800-368-5242, ext. 8292, or

Visit for more information and to download a copy of the Building for Boomers & Beyond: 50+ Housing SymposiumSM brochure.

For more information about the Senior Lending Network, visit

Posted by rollingrains at May 16, 2008 02:26 AM