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Lower-income community named for Vaughan

January 19, 2007

CASCADE - Interfaith Housing Alliance Inc. recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for Vaughan Heights, the organization's newest self-help community that will be home to 10 lower-income families.

The community is named in memory of Thomas Vaughan, who was construction manager for Interfaith Housing prior to his passing in January of 2006.

"The organization celebrates today the families who will be working together over the next several months to build their homes and establish this new community," said James Upchurch, president of Interfaith Housing Alliance.

The funding partners for the project are the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development; NeighborWorks America; Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta; First Data Western Union Foundation; Hagerstown Trust Company; Housing Assistance Council, and M&T Bank. Additional support was received from Washington County government through fee waivers.

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Interfaith Housing Alliance is a not-for-profit affordable housing developer dedicated to strengthening lives, building communities, and promoting human dignity and economic justice for families, individuals, and senior citizens with lower incomes. The organization's self-help program is for lower income families who contribute up to 30 hours per week of their "sweat equity" to build or rehabilitate their home. Self-help families also help to build the homes of their neighbors.

For more information, phone Gail Wilson at 717-749-5122, the main office in Frederick, Md., at 800-836-6088, or visit www.interfaithhousing.org on the Web.

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