COLUMBUS, OHIO / May 31, 2013 :: Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio has been selected to participate in Repair Corps, a veterans-support initiative of Habitat for Humanity International and The Home Depot Foundation.
Habitat MidOhio is one of 84 Habitat affiliates selected to participate in this program designed to support U.S. veterans in need of home repair. Repair Corps is designed under the same model as new homes built with Habitat families where the veteran will repay the zero interest loan necessary for these repairs.
“We are excited to participate in the launch of Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps program and grateful to The Home Depot Foundation for funding this project,” said E.J. Thomas, CEO of Habitat MidOhio. “It is truly an honor to work in partnership with former service men and women, and their families.”
Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps is a project funded by The Home Depot Foundation with an $2.7 million cash and in-kind gift card donation. Home repair grants will be allocated in amounts up to $15,000 for each Repair Corps project. The program grants will cover the cost of a variety of repairs that could include roofing and weather stripping to the installation of wheelchair ramps and renovated bathrooms and doorways to accommodate disabled veterans.
“We are proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity International as we aim to ensure that every U.S. veteran has a safe and accessible place to call home,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation.
Gary Kubicki, a veteran of the United States Navy(1980-86), will be the first recipient of the Repair Corps effort in Columbus. He and his wife are grateful for the application and the critical home repairs that will be made to their home. “I am so blessed by what you are doing and the experience and honored to share. We want to help others because of what Home Depot and Habitat are doing for us and we plan to volunteer on another site as a way to return the gift.” said Kubicki.
Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps is part of a three-year, $30 million investment The Home Depot Foundation is making to multiple organizations to help ease the burdens of military veterans by repairing and renovating homes and public facilities for military veterans.
About The Home Depot Foundation
In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation committed $30 million over three years to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the homes of economically disadvantaged veterans. Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and to the facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.
Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $300 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.
About Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio
Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio (HFH-MidOhio) works throughout Franklin and Licking counties, Ohio and has helped over 300 families’ transition out of substandard housing, since 1987. In addition, HFH-MidOhio, through tithing to HFHI, has also helped to raise more than $600,000 to build in developing countries throughout the world.
HFH-MidOhio is one of the only housing agencies in the community targeting families who earn 30-60% of median income. HFH-MidOhio partner families are chosen after a careful review process during which Habitat assesses their need for housing; their ability to repay a zero-interest, no-profit mortgage and their willingness to partner with Habitat through sweat equity. All partner families are first-time homebuyers who earn 30-60% of the median income for the county and currently live in substandard housing. Every partner family must perform a minimum of 200-250 hours of sweat equity, which includes working on their own house and those of other Habitat families, attending homeownership classes and providing Habitat program support. Every family also assumes a no-interest, no-profit mortgage with payments based on family income. Because HFH-MidOhio holds and services these mortgages, Habitat has a long-term relationship with the homeowners and the communities in which they live.
Also supporting HFH-MidOhio is Habitat’s ReStore, a resale store that accepts and sells reusable home improvement materials to the general public. Revenue from sales directly offset Habitat’s administrative costs and assists in both eliminating substandard housing and creating homeownership in MidOhio. Now with two Columbus-area locations, ReStore East is located at 3140 Westerville Road, 3 miles southwest of Easton; 2 miles south of Morse Road and ReStore West is located at 240 N. Wilson Road, just north of Broad Street; and south of Fisher Road. Both stores are open to the public Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.
-Habitat for Humanity and The Home Depot Foundation partner to repair homes with veterans and their families,
June 6, 2013