ATLANTA – RealEstateRama – Simpson Strong-Tie today announced it is going into its 14th year of partnership with Habitat for Humanity International. To commemorate this, the company is donating $450,000 to the housing nonprofit organization to support long-term stability and security for families through affordable, resilient housing.
The Simpson Strong-Tie donation supporting local Habitat organizations across the U.S. includes $125,000 in funding and $125,000 worth of structural framing hardware for new Habitat home builds. This equipment helps structures sustain dangerous climate conditions, severe weather threats and natural disasters. The Simpson Strong-Tie contribution allows Habitat to take preventive measures, building homes that are stronger and better able to withstand these disasters.
“We are proud of our long-term partnership with Habitat for Humanity and look forward to continuing to collaborate with them in 2021 and beyond,” said Simpson Strong-Tie CEO Karen Colonias. “Habitat’s work aligns closely with the Simpson Strong-Tie mission to help people design and build safer, stronger structures.”
Simpson Strong-Tie and Habitat for Humanity also have a shared understanding that disaster response requires local coordination and isn’t linear, often requiring tailored responses to the community’s needs. For example, the series of earthquakes that hit Puerto Rico in 2019 and 2020 further devastated the island still recovering from 2017’s Hurricane Maria. To assist with ongoing relief efforts in the area, Simpson Strong-Tie is contributing $17,500 of this year’s equipment donation and $35,000 of the funding specifically to Habitat for Humanity’s Puerto Rico Recovery Project to help address the local housing needs of residents.
In addition, Simpson Strong-Tie is donating $200,000 to Habitat Strong, Habitat for Humanity’s program to promote the construction of homes that are more durable to withstand natural disasters in every region of the U.S. Simpson Strong-Tie is the lead sponsor of Habitat Strong.
The Simpson Strong-Tie commitment to fortifying housing also extends to finding innovative solutions that offer long-lasting benefits to families. Simpson Strong-Tie sponsored the 2020 Habitat House Design Contest, Habitat’s inaugural competition awarding resilient and affordable home construction designs and strategies that advance shelter technology toward increasing the quantity and quality of construction. Competing with over 100 entries submitted by U.S. Habitat affiliates, Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity was named the recipient of the Design of the Year award. With Simpson Strong-Tie support, Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity’s winning designs will be implemented across 35 local Habitat organizations to build affordable homes in a new way.
“While the timing and impact of natural disasters cannot always be predicted, we do have the power to ensure more families move into homes that are affordable and durable to sustain harmful conditions,” said Julie Laird Davis, vice president of corporate and cause marketing partnerships at Habitat for Humanity International. “Simpson Strong-Tie has been a fervent supporter in helping us make this a reality for more Habitat homeowners. We’re so thankful for their continued partnership and the impact they have in helping us keep families safe.”
About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
About Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.
Simpson Strong-Tie is the world leader in structural solutions — products and technology that help people, design and build safer, stronger homes, buildings and communities. As a pioneer in the building industry, we have an unmatched passion for problem solving, skillful engineering and thoughtful innovation. Our structural systems research and rigorous testing enable us to design code-listed, value-engineered solutions for a multitude of applications in wood, steel and concrete structures. Our dedication to pursuing ever-better construction products and technology and surrounding our customers with exceptional service and support have been core to our mission since 1956. For more information, visit strongtie.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.