Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the national capital area chosen for $100,000 matching Cars for Homes™ grant

Habitat for Humanity International chose Habitat affiliates in D.C., Arlington, Fairfax, Montgomery, Loudoun and Prince William Counties as 2012 partners.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 10, 2012) – If you live in the national capital area, now is the time to donate your car, boat, motorcycle or RV. Habitat for Humanity International chose the D.C. metro area Habitat affiliates for the annual Cars for Homes matching grant program.

Habitat affiliates in Washington D.C. and Arlington, Fairfax, Montgomery, Loudoun and Prince William Counties were awarded up to 100,000 to match the gross revenue from the sale of vehicles donated to Cars for Homes through the end of 2012. Cars for Homes is Habitat for Humanity’s national vehicle donation program that provides donors an easy way to donate cars, trucks, boats, RVs and other vehicles to help build homes in partnership with local families in need of affordable shelter.

Over the last six years, Cars for Homes has distributed more than 12 million to Habitat affiliates in the United States, including more than 511,000 to the national capital area affiliates to help build affordable homes with local families.

“The matching grant offer gives donors an even greater opportunity to help Habitat for Humanity partner with more low-income families in the greater D.C. area” said Marcia Rundle, the director of the Cars for Homes program.

Vehicles donated from zip codes in Washington D.C. and Arlington, Fairfax, Montgomery, Loudoun and Prince William Counties will automatically count towards the matching grant program. If your residence is outside these areas, you can designate one of the selected Habitat affiliates to receive the cash value of your vehicle if you donate by phone. Donors may call 877-277-HFHI (4344) or visit www.carsforhomes.org to arrange for a pick-up.

As part of the promotion of the Cars for Homes matching grant program, representatives from Habitat’s Cars for Homes program will spend a day building with each local affiliate. Cars for Homes staff will showcase the local affiliate’s diverse building programs by volunteering on a new construction site, a minor home repair or weatherization project, the rehabilitation of a distressed property or in a Habitat ReStore resale outlet.

Like the Cars for Homes Program, area Habitat affiliates enable community members to make tax-deductible donations of unwanted goods to be used in Habitat homes or to be sold in Habitat ReStores. A Habitat ReStore is a retail outlet that accepts donations of new and used building supplies, furniture, appliances and home furnishings and sells them at discounted prices to the public. Area Habitat ReStores have diverted more than 15,000,000 tons of waste from local landfills while providing Habitat affiliates with much-needed operating funds. To find a Habitat ReStore near you, visit www.hfhi.org/restores.

Our area generates more than 5.4 million tons of waste each year. By donating an unwanted vehicle, building supplies and other household items, you can help turn waste into homes.