Press Release

CALHFA AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY ESTABLISH NEW $490,000 PARTNERSHIP

December 19, 2003

SACRAMENTO, CA –Habitat for Humanity® and the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) are teaming up to provide new housing opportunities for California families in need.

This partnership enables California Habitat for Humanity affiliates to stretch their existing resources, generate more funds, and build more affordable homes that are urgently needed in our State. CalHFA has invested in $490,000 of mortgage-backed securities issued by Habitat for Humanity.

CalHFA's investment of nearly a half-million dollars will help provide funding to four Habitat for Humanity affiliates in California, including Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire, Mt. Diablo Habitat for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino, and Habitat for Humanity South Bay/Long Beach. These affiliates benefit by having immediate access to money they normally would collect over the life of the mortgages.

"CalHFA is constantly looking for innovative ways to help families who need an affordable place to live on terms they can manage," according to CalHFA's Executive Director, Theresa Parker. "We're pleased to partner on this effort with a global, grass-roots organization like Habitat for Humanity."

Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 92 nations have built more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.

CalHFA, the State's affordable housing bank, was chartered in 1975 to meet the housing needs of low and moderate income Californians and has helped more than 120,000 families purchase their first home. More information on the CalHFA/Habitat for Humanity Partnership and the full complement of CalHFA programs are available at 1.800.789.2432 or www.calhfa.ca.gov.

Contact: Ken Giebel
Phone: 916.323.1921
Fax: 916.322.2345

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