The Home Depot Foundation Discussion Brings Together Bay Area Officials, Nonprofit Groups

San Francisco (June 25, 2007)- The Home Depot Foundation is bringing together Bay Area leaders in housing, green building, and city officials to discuss the green movement in the affordable housing sector. The discussion, titled “Greening Affordable Housing: Challenges and Breakthroughs,” will focus on meeting demands for affordable housing in economically and environmentally sustainable ways. Partners involved have made substantial accomplishments in housing development and urban forestry sectors, which are visibly revitalizing their communities.


The Home Depot Foundation provides funding and thought leadership to encourage developers nationwide to build healthy, affordable, green neighborhoods. The discussion will highlight signature case studies to illustrate the community equity created when affordable housing meets greening initiatives in urban areas.
Who:
* Daniel Adams – Green Building Initiatives Director, City of San Francisco
* Joann Lee – COO of Chinatown Community Development Center
* Brian Gitt – Executive Director of Build It Green
* Stephanie Forbes – Senior Director of Bay Area LISC
* Richard Gross – Senior and VP of Enterprise Community Investments
* Kelly Caffarelli (Event Moderator) – Executive Director, The Home Depot Foundation
* Brad Shaw – Senior Vice President Communications and External Affairs, The Home Depot
* Bruce Levitin – Regional Vice President Pacific North Region, The Home Depot
Where:
Parc 55 Hotel, 55 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Barcelona II Room/3rd Floor
When:
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
11:30am to 12:00 noon- Registration and Networking
12:00 noon to 12:30pm- Luncheon
12:30pm to 2:00pm- Discussion
The Home Depot Foundation is working to improve the health of communities by supporting the development of affordable, healthy homes for working families and by the strategic planting and preserving of trees in parks, in schoolyards and along city streets.
Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted nearly $30 million to non-profit organizations, supported the development of more than 40,000 affordable, healthy homes and planted and preserved more than one million community trees.
In San Francisco, the foundation has granted $550,000 to organizations such as BRIDGE Housing Corporation, Chinatown CDC, Citizens Housing Corporation and LISC Bay Area, among others.
The Home Depot Foundation Bay Area Grant Recipients Since 2003:
* Bay Area LISC: Re-grants through National LISC to support training/technical assistance provided to area nonprofits, the development of the Green Loan Fund, and direct capital support to an area nonprofit housing developer.
* BRIDGE Housing Corporation: Support the Carquinez Apartments project, Neighborhood Partnership Initiative and Homeownership Initiative.
* Build It Green: Support for the pilot initiative with the City of San Francisco to develop guidelines for incorporation integrated design requirements developers must include in all future affordable housing developments.
*Chinatown Community Development Center: Support for expanding the capacity of the center to build more “green” affordable housing.
* Citizens Housing Corporation: Support for Fireside Sustainable and Affordable Housing Development and to develop green guidelines for incorporation in all current and future projects.
* Friends of Urban Forest: NeighborWoods Program re-grant through the Alliance for Community Trees.
* GRID Alternatives: Support for the GRID Alternatives Solar Affordable Housing Program
* Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California: Support for developing green building guidelines and a scorecard for local governments and provide technical support to the Sustainable Development Working Group.
For more information, contact: Kathryn Gallagher, The Home Depot at 949-887-2268.