Northwestern State University will play host to a group of 30 young adults cycling across the country to raise money and awareness for affordable housing causes.  The 30 young adults with Bike & Build,  a national non-profit committee to affordable housing, will cycle through Natchitoches June 14 on their journey from Jacksonville, Fla., to Monterey, Calif.


Northwestern State University will play host to a group of 30 young adults cycling across the country to raise money and awareness for affordable housing causes.  The 30 young adults with Bike & Build,  a national non-profit committee to affordable housing, will cycle through Natchitoches June 14 on their journey from Jacksonville, Fla., to Monterey, Calif.

"This is a really great group of young adults," said Steven Gruesbeck, director of Service Learning at Northwestern.  "For the last few years, NSU has served as an overnight rest stop.  The Bike & Builders will spend the night in the Health and P.E. Majors building.  Bill Collins of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry will feed them dinner and Sodexo will feed them breakfast before they head out of town June 15."

The group will travel for 11 weeks and will help build affordable housing in 10 locations, including Baton Rouge, Dallas and New Orleans.  Each rider raised at least $4,000 to help fund the trip costs and affordable housing efforts nationwide.

"At NSU, we advocate the involvement of young people in worthwhile service initiatives. We are happy to host this group as they pedal their way across our country in support of affordable housing," Gruesbeck said.

Bike & Build will disburse a portion of the proceeds from the 2011 tours to affordable housing groups across the nation through a competitive grant application process. All grants will fund affordable housing projects chiefly planned and executed by students and young adults, ages 18 to 25.  Applications are due June 10 for $500-$10,000 towards affordable housing projects in winning communities. For details visit http://bikeandbuild.org/grants http://bikeandbuild.org/grants> .