Cars for Homes™ drives week-long Habitat homebuilding in the Gulf
TANGIPAHOA PARISH, La. (Nov 15, 2006) — Helping rebuild communities ravaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes™ vehicle donation program is utilizing the revenues from a donated powerboat to sponsor one complete house and energy saving upgrades to others being built by Ginger Ford Habitat for Humanity.
Cars for Homes™ staff and Habitat for Humanity volunteers from ten different states, including corporate partners Waste Management and Charter Communications, are joining with the Ginger Ford Habitat affiliate this week to begin building a home with Rosario Louisa August, a widow, and her four children. Rosario, Brittany, Alicia, Quinten and Terry have been living with family since their home was condemned after the hurricanes. Wanting to help others get into their homes, Rosario will be on site this Saturday with other future Habitat homeowner families who are working some of the sweat equity hours that help them qualify to purchase their own Habitat homes.
Over a year after the hurricanes, Habitat for Humanity continues to fulfill its commitment to build simple, decent, affordable housing in the Gulf. Through Habitat’s Operation Home Delivery, Ginger Ford Habitat and twenty-three other Habitat affiliates in the Gulf have received support in the form of grants, technical assistance, building materials and volunteers. Framing packages produced by Habitat affiliates throughout the United States have been shipped to storm-affected areas. Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City, Missouri, built and delivered ten framing packages that Ginger Ford affiliate will turn into affordable homes this year, including the one that is being started this week.
Since 1994, Ginger Ford Habitat has built 11 homes within the communities of Tangipahoa Parish and 14 homes in other countries through Habitat’s Affiliate Tithe program. Blair Edwards, executive director of Ginger Ford Habitat, explained the challenges of building at an accelerated pace to meet the tremendous need for affordable housing in the post-hurricane environment. “Our affiliate is increasing the number of builds from two-a-year to 12 in the next 12 months. This sounds awesome and it is; however, with the increased costs for land and delays obtaining the services of plumbers and electricians, it has been quite a challenge. OHD has provided us with resources to make things easier, but in a situation such as this, money doesn’t cure all problems. With Cars for Homes and corporate sponsors like Waste Management and Charter Communications helping onsite with resources and employees, our job becomes much easier!”
On America Recycles Day, Tim Hawkins, market area vice president for Waste Management of Louisiana, LLC explained his company’s commitment to Habitat for Humanity and Cars for Homes™. “Waste Management has made a commitment to our customers to be responsible recyclers every day through the work we do in communities across South Louisiana and the nation. It’s one thing to say that we support recycling. It’s quite another to step up to the challenge. Waste Management supports the Cars for Homes program which in effect recycles vehicles into energy-efficient homes. We encourage everyone to take the opportunity on Nov. 15 to do something for the environment for America Recycles Day, whether it’s helping with a recycling project in your community, purchasing products made from recycled materials or simply making sure you place your aluminum, plastic and glass in your recycling bin.”
Through its cable and communications networks, Charter Communications continues to generate awareness of the Habitat mission and how people can support local Habitat affiliates by donating vehicles to Cars for Homes™. Kip Kraemer, vice president/general manager of Charter Communication’s Louisiana operations stated, “What Habitat is doing in the Gulf, across the country and around the world is incredible, but it only happens when people make the choice to donate, volunteer and get involved locally to help families build homes and build hope in their community. As a local business serving people in their homes and workplaces, this project is a natural for Charter. We are thrilled to help Habitat for Humanity and the communities who patronize us and in which our employees live.”
To help Ginger Ford Habitat with land, building materials, cash or to volunteer to help build affordable homes in partnership with local families, call (985) 542-6866. To donate a car, truck, boat or RV to help Habitat for Humanity build homes in your local community, call 1-877-277-HFHI (4344) toll free or visit www.carsforhomes.org.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries. www.habitat.org.
About Cars for Homes™
Cars for Homes™ is Habitat for Humanity’s national vehicle donation program that provides donors a quick and easy process for donating cars, trucks, boats, RVs and other vehicles to help build homes in partnership with local low-income families in need of decent, affordable shelter. www.carsforhomes.org