New Five-Year, $30 Million Program will help Habitat Affiliates Build More Sustainable, Energy-Efficient Housing
ATLANTA, March 20, 2008 – Habitat for Humanity International and The Home Depot Foundation today announced a national green building initiative, Partners in Sustainable Building. The program will provide funding and resources to assist in making at least 5,000 homes built by Habitat affiliates more energy efficient and sustainable according to nationally recognized green building standards. Sustainable homes cost less to operate and maintain and have less of an impact on the environment. The Home Depot Foundation is providing $30 million in financial and in-kind support, technical resources and training to establish a foundation of green building expertise that will impact Habitat builds for years to come.
The Home Depot Foundation’s Partners in Sustainable Building program will provide energy-efficient and sustainable building resources for approximately 17 percent of all single- and multi-family homes built by Habitat for Humanity over the next five years. Building a home to these standards can create significant savings in annual energy bills for Habitat partner families.
“This partnership will provide our affiliates with the additional resources and training they need to create homes that are more durable and energy efficient, which will make them even more affordable to our homeowners,” said Jonathan T.M. Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “We are truly grateful to The Home Depot Foundation for making this partnership possible, because it will improve the lives of thousands of low-income families while promoting good stewardship of our natural resources.”
The five-year partnership begins with a one-year pilot program with approximately 30 Habitat affiliates in a variety of climates and in rural and urban areas to best gauge the impact of the program. Future components of the program will include educational and scholarship programs. Partners in Sustainable Building is an opt-in program, which will be available across the United States early next year. Funds and resources provided by the Foundation will help Habitat affiliates expand their use of energy-efficient equipment, install more water-conserving fixtures and ensure good indoor air quality. The funding will also help Habitat affiliates secure third-party verification of nationally recognized green building standards.
“Our organization supports the construction of homes for families that are healthy to live in and affordable to own,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Habitat to create additional opportunities for thousands of families of modest means to experience the economic and health benefits of green building practices. We believe that the impact of this program will be far-reaching and will add to the long-term success of families and communities across the country.”
The Home Depot and Habitat for Humanity have worked together in many ways over the years, including individual store donations and new home builds completed locally by Home Depot store associates and various affiliate partnerships. This is the first formal partnership between the two organizations at the national level in the United States. In Canada, The Home Depot has been the largest supporter of Habitat for Humanity Canada since 1996, donating more than $1 million in cash and in-kind contributions to affordable housing projects each year. With its strong commitment to the environment, The Home Depot Canada will also direct funding to support energy-efficient sustainable housing projects in 2008.
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to building homes for working families that are healthy to live in and affordable to own. Through the incorporation of responsible design, homes built with durable and quality materials are more energy and water efficient, have good indoor air quality, and are overall a safe and healthy space to live. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $70 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 50,000 affordable, healthy homes. For more information, visit http://www.homedepotfoundation.org/ .
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .