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									                                                        Contacts: Lisa Davis Purcell
                                                                  Hands On Nashville
                                                                  (615) 305-1519
                                                                  lisa@hon.org

                                                                  Dallas Caudle
                                                                  Rebuilding Together Nashville
                                                                  (615) 830-3515
                                                                  dcaudle@smithgeestudio.com

                                                                  Holden Miller
                                                                  McNeely Pigott & Fox
                                                                  (615) 259-4000
                                                                  hmiller@mpf.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2010

    HANDS ON NASHVILLE AND REBUILDING TOGETHER NASHVILLE
              ANNOUNCE REBUILDING PARTNERSHIP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hands On Nashville and Rebuilding Together Nashville
announced today its partnership, which is intended to help residents restore their homes
and fill the gap between federal assistance and the cost of rebuilding.

Hands On Nashville and Rebuilding Together Nashville will rebuild 50 homes for
homeowners who have qualified for aid through Mayor Karl Dean‟s “We Are Home”
assistance initiative and elect to partner with Hands On Nashville and Rebuilding
Together Nashville. These homeowners must also meet Rebuilding Together Nashville‟s
five partnership criteria. They include:
     o Homeowners must be low-income, earning 80 percent of the median income or
       less.
     o Homes must be single-family residences.
     o No back property taxes can be owed on these residences.
     o Homes must be permanent, free-standing structures.
     o Homes must be remediated and ready for rebuilding and to accept volunteers.

To complete work on the 50 homes indentified through “We Are Home,” Hands On
Nashville and Rebuilding Together Nashville will allocate $500,000 for the purchase of
building supplies. In addition, Hands On Nashville and Rebuilding Together Nashville
will restore homes of pre-selected Rebuilding Together Nashville‟s clients. Building
supplies donated to Hands On Nashville from Lowe‟s, Ford Motor Company, Glidden
Professional, Stain Master Carpet and Armor Concepts through NBC‟s TODAY Show
will also be used in this effort, along with Rebuilding Together Nashville‟s donations
from Sears, Kmart and LP Building Products. Hands On Nashville and Rebuilding
Together Nashville will provide skilled and unskilled construction volunteers and
underwrite up to $10,000 in building supplies for each of these flood-damaged
residences.

“Hands On Nashville is committed to the community‟s long-term recovery,” said
executive director Brian Williams. “Partnering with Rebuilding Together Nashville will
allow us to move from stabilization to restoration by repairing residents‟ flood-impacted
homes in a coordinated effort with the city.”
                                          -more-
Rebuilding Partnership – Page 2

“Rebuilding Together Nashville is committed to helping our city recover from the
devastating floods,” said Dallas Caudle, the organization‟s director. “This partnership is a
great match – we have residential building expertise, and Hands On Nashville has proven
ability to deploy volunteers.”

“This partnership is a continuation of the remarkable response we saw from Nashville
nonprofits and volunteers during the disaster and as soon as our city‟s recovery efforts
started,” Mayor Dean said. “We appreciate Hands On Nashville and Rebuilding Together
Nashville‟s program, which will make the financial assistance that flood survivors
receive through „We Are Home‟ go that much further in helping them rebuild their
homes.”

Homeowners who are interested in receiving volunteers and construction supplies
through Hands On Nashville and Rebuilding Together Nashville‟s “We Are Home”
partnership should contact the “We Are Home” office. To set up an appointed with a
housing counselor and complete an application, call (615) 862-6523.

About Hands On Nashville, Inc.
Founded in 1991, Hands On Nashville (HON) is Middle Tennessee‟s only volunteer
resource center and one of the largest Hands On Network affiliates. HON connected
38,969 volunteers to service in 2009 and offers volunteer projects 365 days a year. In
response to the recent flooding, HON has placed more than 18,000 volunteers in recovery
roles since May 2. To find out more or to volunteer, visit www.hon.org.

About Rebuilding Together Nashville
Rebuilding Together is the nation's leading nonprofit organization working to preserve
affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing extensive
rehabilitation and modification services to those in need at no cost to those served. With
the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local
business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates in America‟s
largest cities and smallest towns make life considerably better for thousands of low-
income homeowners and the communities in which they live by completing 10,000
projects per year. Rebuilding Together has programs dedicated to, energy efficiency,
veteran‟s housing, aging in place and gulf coast reconstruction. For more information,
visit http://rebuildingtogethernashville.org.

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