Dear Facebook Community,
My name is Henry Smith. I am a senior attending Hobart College. Starting June 13th, I will be biking over four thousand miles from New Haven, CT to Half Moon Bay, CA to help affordable housing efforts.
To give you all just a small bit of information about the scope of this issue, in 2012 40.9 million households, more than a third of U.S. families, paid more than 30% of their income for their housing. Not only is this a wide reaching issue, it is also a growing one. 40.9 million households represent a staggering increase of over 9 million from 2002. Of these families, 5.8 million are considered “severely burdened” households paying 50% of their income for housing. The Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as Non-Governmental Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together are working hard to develop solutions. With all of the work they are doing, they are in need of a lot of support.
Throughout my journey, known as Bike and Build, I will meet with community members of many towns to discuss affordable housing issues and how together we can all contribute to alleviating the affordable housing crisis in our country. I will also be hands-on in the effort when I stop for fourteen days along the route and trade my bike for a hammer in order to build some affordable housing with local organizations such as Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity.
In order to participate in Bike and Build, each rider must fundraise a fairly substantial amount of money prior. Proceeds from the trip will support the organization as well as help to fund young-adult driven affordable housing projects. I am reaching out to all of you to ask that you support me and Bike and Build by making a tax-deductible donation. Your donation, along with the donations of many others, will have a real impact on the affordable housing landscape throughout the country. You can visit www.youtube.com and search “Bike & Build Grantee” (link below) to see videos of how past donations have made a difference across the country. Donations can be made by check to Bike & Build, Inc. or online at www.bikeandbuild.org. Bike and Build prefers online donations if possible. You can find me under the “2015 cyclists” tab or you can click donate and select my name in the drop-down bar.
I am incredibly excited to be a part of this journey and experience our country in a very unique way while immersing myself in the service of an exceedingly important cause. I hope you will consider making a donation and I thank you in advance for your support.
I appreciate you taking the time to read about a cause that I care greatly about. Even if you choose not to donate please follow my progress on my Bike and Build Rider page and here on Facebook!
My Bike and Build Rider Page-