Grants to help fund new home builds, revitalization projects and veterans’ initiative
DETROIT and ATLANTA – May 22, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — In recognition of Military Appreciation Month, the General Motors Foundation announced today a $1 million grant to Habitat for Humanity to fund projects, including 11 new home builds in partnership with Habitat families, with the goal of assisting current and former military service members.
The grant will also support two international revitalization projects in Brazil and the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Nepal.
“A permanent home not only provides stability for families but gives them a sense of belonging in a greater community,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “These things are particularly important for our veterans and military service members, and we are committed to helping them – and all of our Habitat partner families – realize homeownership and take advantage of programs designed to move their lives forward in positive ways.”
This partnership will help give U.S. military service members and veterans access to job training programs and fund the development of training programs to help Habitat affiliates better engage with their local veteran communities.
The announcement was made in Austin, Texas, home of the GM Austin IT Innovation Center. Austin is also home to a significant number of current and former members of the military who work for GM. Many of those employees joined the GM Foundation for the announcement, along with Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Austin City Council Member Sabino “Pio” Renteria and representatives from Habitat for Humanity International and Austin Habitat for Humanity.
“Habitat is grateful for the continued support of the General Motors Foundation,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “This new funding will provide opportunities for many families — and veterans in particular — to partner with Habitat affiliates across the U.S. to build or repair their homes. The donation demonstrates a deep commitment from the General Motors Foundation to help Habitat change lives and transform communities.”
Construction and revitalization projects will take place in these cities: