Meet Bike & Build cyclists, pedaling to develop affordable housing; food trucks, potluck

Bike & Build athletes pose for a photo, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Cyclists on the Southern U.S. team of the nonprofit Bike & Build Inc. will pedal into St. George Wednesday to promote the need for and importance of affordable housing, not only in Utah, but nationwide.

Hosted through a partnership between Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah and the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, the athletes will spend Thursday in Washington County renovating and repairing properties for selected local residents.  In their efforts they will work alongside volunteers from the community and representatives of the local ecumenical housing ministry committed to providing safe, decent and affordable housing for qualified low-income families.

To celebrate their efforts, Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah is inviting all to stop by the Habitat ReStore, 835 S. Bluff Street in St George, Thursday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to meet and greet these young humanitarian-minded athletes.

Popular food trucks will be at the meet and greet event, offering their tasty menu items during the workday lunch hour, including Nacho Mama, Little Bites, Loaded Burgers, Waffle Love and others.  The ReStore will offer a 20 percent discount on all purchases made on July 9, in honor of the Bike & Build team.

Those unable to attend during the day are invited to a potluck dinner Thursday, 6 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church at 611 N. 2450 East in St. George.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development considers housing to be affordable to a low-income family as long as the cost of housing, including rent or mortgage payments plus basic utilities, does not exceed 30 percent of a household’s gross income.

Unfortunately, according to a release by Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah, the U. S. Census Bureau reports more than 40 million households (the equivalent of the entire population of the state of California, plus a few million more) do not have the financial resources necessary to rent or own a home.

Now in its 12th season, Bike & Build has contributed more than $5 million to housing groups to fund projects planned and executed by young adults.  This includes more than $750,000 donated in the summers of 2013-14.

Event details

  • What: Bike & Build meet and greet, potluck dinner
  • When and where: Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Habit ReStore, 835 S. Bluff St., St. George | 6 p.m. potluck dinner at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 611 N. 2450 East, St. George
  • For information about volunteer opportunities with Bike & Build or Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah, contact Lil Barron: Telephone 435-674-7669
  • Bike & Build website
  • Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church website
  • Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah website

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