FirstEnergy to Donate $3.4 Million to Build Habitat Houses in Ohio
AMERICUS, Ga., Feb. 5 - Habitat for Humanity International announced today that FirstEnergy, a registered public utility holding company headquartered in Akron, Ohio, will donate $3.4 million to build houses with Ohio families in need. During the 12-month partnership, FirstEnergy will sponsor approximately 50 houses in communities served by its Ohio electric utility operating companies - Ohio Edison, Toledo Edison and Illuminating Company.
"FirstEnergy's partnership to build energy-efficient homes demonstrates their tremendous commitment to providing safe and affordable homes to families within their service area," said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. "We are grateful for their support and commitment to eradicating poverty housing in their community."
The funding is part of FirstEnergy's commitment to support energy-efficient low-income housing as outlined in the company's electric-restructuring transition plan, approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in 2000. Each of the Habitat for Humanity houses built will be energy-efficient Energy Star homes.
"We have a long-standing tradition of supporting the communities we serve and promoting energy efficiency," said FirstEnergy President and Chief Operating Officer Anthony J. Alexander. "Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity International to fund the construction of Energy Star homes is a perfect fit for us and will benefit many families in our service area."
FirstEnergy's electric utility operating companies - Ohio Edison, The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison in Ohio; Metropolitan Edison, Pennsylvania Electric and Pennsylvania Power in Pennsylvania; and Jersey Central Power & Light - comprise the nation's fourth largest investor-owned electric system, based on serving 4.3 million customers within a 32,100-square-mile area that stretches from the Ohio-Indiana border to the New Jersey shore.
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.