AMERICUS, Ga., April 7, 2004 — FirstEnergy Corp., Ohio’s largest contributor to Habitat for Humanity, has pledged to continue its three-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, with a gift of nearly $2.7 million.
As part of FirstEnergy's electric restructuring transition plan, approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in 2000, the company agreed to continue its support for low-income housing with energy efficient improvements in the service areas of its electric operating companies. Each of the Habitat for Humanity houses built will be an energy-efficient, Energy Star home.
The contribution will help build 40 to 60 homes this year, bringing the total number of homes sponsored by the company to more than 150 since 2002, and a portion of FirstEnergy’s gift will be used in a challenge grant program that could leverage more than $2 million of additional support for Habitat for Humanity.
Over the past two years, FirstEnergy has given $6.56 million to help eliminate substandard housing in Ohio, making it a significant contributor to Habitat’s “More than Houses” campaign.
In addition to FirstEnergy’s monetary gift, scores of its employees have donated their time to help build the Energy Star homes, infusing the worksites with enthusiasm, determination, and volunteer spirit.
More than 750,000 Ohio residents live in poverty, and nearly one out of every four Ohio families spends more than 30 percent of their income on housing. With its contributions, FirstEnergy is doing its part to help eliminate substandard housing in Ohio by providing energy-efficient homes for low-income families.
“FirstEnergy’s partnership to build energy-efficient homes demonstrates their tremendous commitment to providing safe and affordable homes to families in their service areas,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International.
FirstEnergy is a registered public utility holding company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its subsidiaries and affiliates are involved in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity; exploration and production of oil and natural gas; transmission and marketing of natural gas; and energy management and other energy-related services.
Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more that 3,000 communities and in 92 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. www.habitat.org