Young Cyclists Roll Through Mississippi to Assist with Affordable Housing Efforts

Contributor: Rachael Thomas
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Updated: 5/28/2014 2:35 pm
Thirty young adults with Bike & Build Inc., a national non-profit committed to affordable housing, will be bicycling from Mobile, Ala. to Long Beach, Miss. on Saturday, May 31st as part of their journey across the United States. The group is traveling from Jacksonville, FL to Monterey, CA in order to raise money and awareness for affordable housing. This group is specifically raising funds for Habitat for Humanity.

“We are deeply proud that Bike & Build has 265 riders this year who are so committed to the affordable housing cause that they are willing to raise much-needed funds and spend two months of their summer biking across this amazing country,” said Bike & Build’s Director of Operations and Outreach, Justin Villere. “Bike & Build provides the opportunity; it is the riders who make the impact on housing issues through our cycling trips.”

The group will be traveling for more than 10 weeks and will help to build affordable housing in nine locations, including Tallahassee, FL, Mobile, AL, and New Orleans, LA In order to participate in the trip, each rider raised at least $4,500 to fund the trip costs and affordable housing efforts nationwide.

AmeriCorps Members working with Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast will greet the cyclists at Jones Park in Gulfport, Miss. with refreshments from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on May 31st.

Bike & Build offers eight cross-country biking trips each summer. The 18 to 25 year old riders see and experience first-hand the affordable housing need in this country. They stop in towns along their route and participate in construction efforts at affordable housing sites that are in progress. The riders also meet with local officials and community members to discuss affordable housing issues. To learn more about the program, or to give to the effort, please visit

About Bike & Build
Based in Philadelphia, Bike & Build is a non-profit organization that encourages young adults to address the country’s affordable housing crisis through organized bicycle trips. Trip participants support the affordable housing cause by fundraising and building efforts. Since its founding in 2003, Bike & Build has motivated over 2,000 young adult volunteers and contributed over $4.5 million and 160,000 volunteer hours to housing groups such as Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together to fund projects in the United States. For more information, visit or call (267) 331-8488.

About Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (H.F.H.M.G.C.) was formed in January 2007 when Harrison County H.F.H. and H.F.H. of Jackson County merged organizations. Since then, H.F.H.M.G.C. has incorporated Stone County into its service area and has constructed or repaired more than 850 homes. H.F.H.M.G.C. works in partnership with community stakeholders to create innovative, sustainable housing solutions by empowering all members of our community to actively participate in creating opportunity for people to transform their own lives. To learn more, visit

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