Jan. 8, 2013
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona (HFHCAZ), in partnership with the city of Phoenix YouthBuild Program and Wells Fargo, is providing a Phoenix family with a new LEED Platinum certified home in 2013. The land for this home was donated by the city of Phoenix Neighborhood Stabilization Program; it was the site of a dilapidated, vacant and foreclosed house.
Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates, along with representatives from HFHCAZ and Wells Fargo, will host a “wall signing” ceremony for this home at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at 422 E. Las Palmaritas Drive, in Phoenix. "This is a great example of a project that really works for our community," said Councilman Gates. "It encourages volunteerism, prepares low-income youth for the job market, promotes sustainability and opens the door to homeownership for a hardworking family. It's a win for all."
This home on East Las Palmaritas Drive is being built for the Woldemariam/Balcha family, a family that had been looking for decent, affordable housing in Phoenix. Youth involved in the project learn about 'green' construction and giving back to the community. In addition, Wells Fargo volunteers are assisting with the home's construction and improving the surrounding neighborhood.
This home build also is supported by Green Building Partners, Bob Ramsey and Jenny Norton of the Ramsey Social Justice Foundation. Ramsey and Norton financed HFHCAZ’s first LEED Platinum Certified home in Glendale in 2008 and have continued to be strong supporters of Habitat’s green building efforts. Additionally, American Solar Electric will be donating a solar panel system for this project. The LEED Certified home complements a number of other neighborhood revitalization efforts that the Village Center area is undertaking with the community and the Neighborhood Services Department.
For more information on how you can help hard-working families in need of decent, affordable housing in the Phoenix-Metropolitan area, visit habitatcaz.org. For additional information on the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, call 602-262-6602 or email email@example.com.
About Habitat for Humanity for Humanity Central Arizona
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona (HFHCAZ) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that builds, renovates and repairs homes in partnership with families in need. Serving Arizona since 1985, HFHCAZ (an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International) is an independent, locally-run nonprofit organization which helps families of low and moderate incomes become homeowners by building and partnering in the creation of affordable housing. HFHCAZ also builds community partnerships that promote spiritual values and individual responsibility. The Central Arizona affiliate is one of the most active of the Habitat affiliates and is responsible for building and renovating over 864 homes. Currently, the affiliate is active in Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County.
|Todd Rogers, Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona
Stephanie Ribodal Romero, City of Phoenix