Habitat for Humanity is teaming up with the Home Depot Foundation to build homes that meet the green standards all across the nation. It is scheduled to launch in May 2009 where over the next 5 years some 5,000 homes are proposed to be built in Salt Lake, about 17% of the homes Habitat for Humanity will build as part of the program.
Salt Lake is one of only 30 affiliates selected in a year long pilot of this program. Each affiliate will be able to help with building the homes and will learn new ways to construct more energy efficient, green homes. The aim of this program is to help the communities with poverty levels, help with jobs and help with the environment. Throughout the program, each affiliate will be able to access two levels of funding by meeting the proposed Energy Star standards. Each tier consists of $2000 per constructed unit. In addition, each affiliate will have a chance at obtaining a $100,000 grant to employ people and teach them how to build according to Energy Star standards. (There will be 4 - $100,000 grants made available and it is not yet determined which affiliates will be chosen.)
It is a great partnership that will help each affiliate with their environment and help eliminate poverty. Salt Lake is extremely lucky to be part of such a great project. You can find more information about this program in the attached article.
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