Our Towns Habitat partners with Charlotte affiliate, Lowe's for 20 projects
PHOTO: Attendees at a Habitat for Humanity wall-raising ceremony Tuesday in Charlotte’s Romare Bearden Park had the chance to sign the frame of a wall for a future Habitat home.
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CHARLOTTE — Lowe’s, Habitat Charlotte and Our Towns Habitat for Humanity are teaming up to address the greater Charlotte area’s shortage of affordable housing. This new partnership was marked on Giving Tuesday with a wall-raising ceremony in Romare Bearden Park.
Lowe’s team members, representatives from both Habitat affiliates, local officials and park visitors wrote messages of hope on the studs of the walls, which will become part of a home for future Habitat homeowners.
Lowe’s has pledged $1 million in funding for the “Charlotte Impact Project,” to complete construction of 10 new homes and 10 critical repair projects. The initiative also funds three Women Build events and eight home preservation and neighborhood revitalization projects.
“With this generous gift, Lowe’s is demonstrating community leadership through their vision, passion and action,” Habitat Charlotte CEO Laura Belcher said. “As a result, 20 new families in Charlotte Mecklenburg will come to realize the stability of decent, affordable homeownership in 2018.”
The Charlotte Impact Project was sparked by a 2014 study ranking Charlotte 50th in economic mobility for children living in poverty. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force, formed to study the issue of economic mobility, identified affordable housing as a key factor in ensuring family stability and promoting economic opportunity.
“We can provide the opportunity for children to stay in one home, rather than being shuffled from home to home,” said Jennifer Weber, chief human resources officer for Lowe’s. Weber noted that the funding initiative was in line with Lowe’s purpose of helping people love where they live.
Construction is already underway for the first three homes Lowe’s is sponsoring. Two of these homes are in Charlotte, with the third being built in Cornelius. Construction on the remaining seven sponsored homes will be completed in the next 18 months.
“At Habitat for Humanity, we believe decent, affordable housing is intricately tied to better opportunities,” said Denise Copeland, Our Towns Habitat’s interim executive director. “When families partner with Habitat for Humanity to build their home, they can save more and invest in education. They have great economic opportunity, more financial stability and fewer barriers.”
About Our Towns Habitat
Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) organization bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope in North Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties. Habitat homeowners build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. In addition to new home construction, Our Towns performs critical home repair services to alleviate serious health, life and safety issues. To learn more, visit ourtownshabitat.org. You can also follow Our Towns Habitat on Facebook and Twitter.