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Habitat for Humanity and ICBA To Launch 'Hammers Across America'

Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2005) - The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) today announced they will hold a national build day on June 11, 2005.

In multiple cities across the United States, community bankers will converge on Habitat construction sites to help build houses with Habitat partner families and staff. Chicago has been selected as the hub for "Hammers Across America."

"ICBA is thrilled to be organizing this National Build Day with Habitat for Humanity International," said Camden R. Fine, president and CEO of ICBA. "ICBA strongly supports the quest for affordable housing, and working with Habitat for Humanity is a rewarding way to do help achieve that goal."

The ICBA National Build Day will symbolize the national alliance forged between HFHI and ICBA last May when the two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding outlining their work together. Through this alliance, the organizations will encourage and facilitate local partnerships between Habitat for Humanity affiliates and community banks to address affordable housing needs in their community. ICBA , the nation's largest banking trade organization, with nearly 5,000 members nationwide, hopes to make this an annual event. Throughout the United States, there are 1745 Habitat for Humanity affiliates.

"We are very excited about our partnership with ICBA and the prospect of community bankers working with our affiliates across the country," said Tom Jones, vice president, Habitat for Humanity International. "This relationship will allow HFH affiliates and community banks to increase homeownership opportunities for low-income families while improving communities in which they live."

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build. www.habitat.org