Habitat for Humanity International awarded $7.56 million grant to support more than 300 AmeriCorps positions across United States
ATLANTA (July 12, 2022) — Habitat for Humanity International recently received a $7.56 million grant to support 362 AmeriCorps member positions, marking the largest service member grant the global housing nonprofit has received in the past 10 years. The increased funding is part of AmeriCorps’ historic $580 million investment to better support national service and volunteerism.
“Rising inflation and skyrocketing housing costs have made Habitat’s work more important than ever for low- to moderate-income households. With this landmark grant, our AmeriCorps service members will help provide local Habitat affiliates with the additional capacity they need to serve more families in communities across the country with decent, stable and affordable homes,” said Adrienne Goolsby, senior vice president of the U.S. and Canada for Habitat for Humanity International.
AmeriCorps brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges through national service and volunteering. Since the agency’s inception in 1994, more than 1 million AmeriCorps members have helped national and local nonprofits, educational institutions and faith-based groups serve communities across the country.
Interested individuals can apply for and serve full-time or part-time for up to a year at a local Habitat organization within the U.S. Applicants that are accepted receive a modest living allowance, health care benefits and a post-service award for student loans or education expenses.
During the 2022-23 service year, Habitat AmeriCorps members are expected to contribute approximately 596,200 hours toward building and repairing homes alongside homeowners in more than 100 communities across the U.S., among other activities.
To learn more about Habitat AmeriCorps and how to get involved, visit habitat.org/americorps.
About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteerism and national service, provides opportunities for Americans to serve their country domestically, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities and strengthen civic engagement. Each year, the agency places more than 250,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in intensive service roles, and empowers millions more to serve as long-term, short-term or one-time volunteers. Learn more at AmeriCorps.gov.