Habitat For Humanity Receives $56,780 Lowe's Grant For Glass Farms Neighborhood Revitalization

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area has been awarded a $56,780 grant from Lowe’s to revitalize the Glass Farms neighborhood in Chattanooga as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization, a nationwide program dedicated to serving more families through community development partnerships.
Lowe’s awarded $1.75 million in grants to 22 Habitat affiliates across the country to support more than 84 community improvement projects ranging from critical repairs to new home construction.
 
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area will use the funds to help build two new homes for partner families in the program, conduct seven repair projects on owner-occupied homes, assist with the demolition and renovation of commercial space, and build an entrance to the trailhead that connects the 73rd Pennsylvania Reservation trail and the Sherman Reservation both to each other and to the Glass Farms neighborhood. These projects are in response to residents’ desire to see an increase in homeownership and new construction in currently vacant or blighted lots; see neighborhood homes’ conditions improved so elderly or low-income residents may remain in their homes; to see the commercial corridor of the neighborhood re-energized through appropriate development, increased economic opportunities, and a safer environment; and to have increased access to amenities, such as public parks.
 
“We are so grateful to Lowe’s for their generous support in our community and around the U.S.,” said David Butler, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area. “Through their support of this program, we are able to work with an array of community investment organizations to help improve conditions in Glass Farms to build strength, stability, and self-reliance for the residents.”
 
Through Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization efforts, Habitat affiliates offer an expanded array of housing services and partner with local residents, housing leaders, community groups and businesses to transform neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life in communities.
 
“Lowe’s shares Habitat’s vision that having a safe, stable home helps bring strength, security and pride to families and ultimately communities,” said James Frison, Lowe’s community relations director. “It’s important for us to support Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization program and help revive neighborhoods like Glass Farms, making them places where people love to live.”
 
A national partner since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat for Humanity and helped more than 6,500 families improve their living conditions. Each year, Lowe’s provides grants and volunteer assistance to affiliates, supports National Women Build Week and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills.

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