Today Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis announced that the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) is pledging a $1 Million grant to match initial donations one-for-one with Habitat’s own funding for the 2016 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The project will involve thousands of volunteers from the Memphis area, across the state of Tennessee and beyond. Memphis Habitat is currently seeking partnerships to financially support the effort and this matching grant means that the money raised by Habitat will literally go twice as far.
Habitat has been on an incredible run this November. First, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter visited Memphis and announced that their upcoming Work Project, which will take place Aug. 21-27, 2016, will serve Memphis families through multiple projects. These projects include the construction of 21 new homes in Bearwater Park; 33 beautification projects, including minor repairs, painting and landscaping; and 45 Aging in Place program projects to enhance accessibility and mobility for low-income seniors.
Then on November 13, in partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement, Habitat built a new home in Uptown Memphis as part of their ongoing revitalization of Uptown. The home was built on the same abandoned lot that Lowe’s and Habitat teamed up to demolish in 2014. That day more than 30 volunteers sided, installed windows, seismic bracketing and other build tasks on two homes total, as well as installed safety lighting and fences on several other homes in Uptown.
To find out more information about volunteering go here and join in their efforts to eliminate poverty housing by creating sustainable, affordable homeownership opportunities to families in need and providing critical home repairs to low-income homeowners. Since its founding in 1983, Memphis Habitat has built more than 445 new homes in the Memphis area, completed 80-plus critical repair projects in Uptown Memphis and funded the construction of 64 homes abroad.