Creating Communities

Atlanta, GA (June 1, 2010)- The Home Depot Foundation has awarded grants to build affordable homes for working families, create children’s play spaces and help cities develop sustainable communities. In April, The Home Depot Foundation’s board of directors announced 10 first cycle grants for building affordable homes for working families, creating play spaces and helping cities develop sustainable communities. According to Home Depot, the grants totaled $3.7 million.

“The grants will go to national and local community nonprofit organizations from the National League of Cities to the Cleveland Housing Network and will support the building of 1,686 healthy, affordable homes for low- to moderate-income families, 31 playgrounds and the landscaping of 48 acres in urban areas,” Home Depot says.
Home Depot notes that the grants are part of the foundation’s 10-year pledge to give $400 million to build or refurbish 100,000 affordable homes, and plant or restore 3 million community trees. Over the years, the foundation says it has invested $163 million in local communities, built or preserved 64,000 homes, and planted 732,000 trees.
“Creating healthy, sustainable communities is the cornerstone of our mission,” Foundation President Kelly Caffarelli said in a statement. “The organizations we are partnering with and funding through these grants are focused on that same goal through a variety of specific measurable initiatives, from building and refurbishing homes and playgrounds to developing land use and building management protocols for cities.
“Thousands of families and children will benefit from the work these nonprofits are doing, as they enjoy healthier lives and affordable monthly expenses,” Caffarelli added.
One recipient, Mercy Housing Lakefront in Chicago, will use its funds to preserve 560 units of affordable housing for more than 1,200 people who were homeless or at-risk of being homeless. According to the foundation, the clients also have numerous respiratory health conditions.
Mercy Housing Lakefront President Cindy Holler noted that she was honored that the foundation recognized her organization’s work. “The fact that the foundation understands that affordable housing should also be healthy is extremely important, and their support allows us to upgrade these units with low or zero emissions materials and appliances to improve the indoor air quality for residents,” she commented.
Home Depot notes that the grants were in addition to $6.5 million in funding that the foundation already distributed this year. In addition, it has partnerships with several organizations, including Habitat for Humanity International, Enterprise Community partners, the U.S. Green Building Council, Local Initiatives Support Corp., and the National Alliance for Community Trees.
Related Resources:
The Home Depot Foundation
Construction Today- Creating Communities