Rebuilding Together New Orleans, the National Association of Home Builders’ 50+ Housing Council and the Senior Lending Network worked together to rebuild a home damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers participated in a two-day community service project May 17-18 to help rebuild the home of displaced mother-and-daughter owners Hazel Tate and Hilda Levy.

On May 18, the three groups hosted a media event featuring actorRobert Wagner, spokesperson for the Senior Lending Network, to meet the homeowners and provide guided tours of the home and show its progress to date. The turn-of-the-century shotgun home was equipped with universal design components such as a no-step entrance, wider doorways, ADA-compliant grab bars, raised countertops, comfort-height toilets, Energy Star appliances and other energy-efficient features.