Congress of Cities to Feature House Build

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As city officials prepare to come to the Congress of Cities and Exposition next month in Reno, Nev., NLC is partnering with Habitat for Humanity International to give conference delegates the opportunity to build affordable houses for those in need for the second year in a row.

During the upcoming conference, groups of delegates will work on four houses during two build shifts with Nevada's Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity affiliate on Friday, Dec. 8. The completed houses will be given to local families in the Reno area.

To participate, delegates will be able to sign up for a work time on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are urged to bring comfortable and warm clothing for working outside for several hours. No previous building experience or special equipment is necessary to participate in the project.

At last year's conference in Charlotte, N.C., the build project was part of a national effort coordinated by Habitat for Humanity to build modular homes that could be transported and assembled in cities hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In all, 87 local officials from all over the United States participated in the build. …