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Home Builders, Retired NFL Players Team Up for Charitable Efforts

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Home Builders, Retired NFL Players Team Up for Charitable Efforts
NAHB Chairman Rick Judson was on location in New Orleans’ lower 9th Ward last month for the completion and unveiling of three new affordable homes built as part of a nationwide charitable outreach program between NAHB and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) called Touchdown for Homes.


This unique endeavor is aimed at strengthening communities by building or renovating homes for children, families and veterans in need. The New Orleans project, whose first phase was completed just in time for the Super Bowl, is the product of concerted efforts by the Louisiana HBA, the HBA of Greater New Orleans, NAHB and members of the New Orleans Former Players Chapter of the NFLPA.


Local home builders and former NFL players worked with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority to secure deeds to the available land and get the work done in a remarkably speedy 51 days. And those three homes are only the beginning of Touchdown for Homes-Louisiana’s long-term goal to help revitalize the Lower 9th Ward following its devastation by Hurricane Katrina. In fact, the program has earmarked 40 additional lots for development of similar new homes over the coming years.


The homes that have just been completed were funded in part by a grant from the Home Building Industry Disaster Relief Fund, with many of the raw materials donated by community partners such as Lowe’s, Sherwin Williams and Southland Plumbing Supply & Lighting.

Other Projects Being Planned:
  • Los Angeles: the Riverside BIA and the Los Angeles former NFL players' chapter
  • Philadelphia: the Builders League of South Jersey and the Philadelphia former NFL players' chapter
  • Knoxville: the HBA of Greater Knoxville and the Knoxville former NFL players' chapter
  • San Diego: the BIA of Southern California and the San Diego former NFL players' chapter
  • Minneapolis: the Builders Association of the Twin Cities and the Minneapolis former NFL players' chapter
  • St. Louis: the HBA of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri and the St. Louis former NFL players' chapter
  • Houston: the Greater Houston Builders Association and the Houston former NFL players' chapter

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