FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A local woman is biking across America, stopping in communities along the way to raise awareness and funds for affordable housing. Before she does that, she’s asking her hometown to get involved.
Jordan Redding beat out several young adults from around the country in this summer’s Bike & Build trip. The organization promotes service-oriented cycling trips for young adults, partnering with affordable housing groups, like Habitat for Humanity.
Adults from around the country between 18 and 29 years old are eligible for the ride. Redding completed a lengthy application online and wrote essays as part of the detailed application process and was ultimately chosen.
“The cycling aspect has been there for me in the past. The places I’ve lived in the past, the affordable housing cause is something that’s really important to me. Low-income families deserve the chance to have a nice, affordable house and so partnering with Habitat & Humanity, they’re awesome, and we’re able to provide these people with these nice houses that they’re able to live in,” Redding said.
Redding begins her trip on May 30, biking from New Haven, Connecticut to Half Moon Bay, California, hoping to finish by August 14. Redding will be accompanied by 30 other riders, stopping in towns and communities along the way, educating people about affordable housing while building houses for Habitat for Humanity.
Redding and Bike & Build are holding a silent auction and fundraiser Sunday, Feb. 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at teds wine bar, located at 12628 Coldwater Road in Fort Wayne. Tickets are $15. To make a donation, click here.