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Habitat breaks ground for "green" house
Posted: May 06, 2010 3:21 PM EDT Thursday, May 6, 2010 3:21 PM EST
It's Habitat for Humanity's first certified green home in the state of Kentucky. And it's a group of young Louisville professionals who will assist in building it.
Habitat for Humanity has been building homes in Louisville for a quarter century.
"This is Habitat for Humanity's 25th anniversary in Louisville," says Executive Director Rob Locke."We took 24 years to build our first 300 homes and we want to build 300 more in less than ten (years); we call it building the dream of 2019."
Locke was speaking at a groundbreaking for the new "green" home in the Shelby Park neighborhood on Thursday morning.
It's Habitat's first LEED certified home in Kentucky. LEED certified means it meets certain standards for energy efficiency. "It's just exciting and a nice opportunity for me and my son's future," says Wendy, who doesn't want to reveal her last name, but who will be moving into the new home when its completed.
This project is made possible as a result of the participation of an organization known as Y-PAL. It's the Young Professionals Association of Louisville and is made up of young adults between the ages of 21 and 39 years old, some of whom were on hand for Thursday's ceremonial groundbreaking.
Y-PAL's president Cash Moter says the call has gone out to the organization's 700 members to help build the house. "We've taken it through conception, funding it, and volunteering for the actual construction,"says Moter.
Habitat for Humanity continues to build homes all across the community and would like to build more green homes, but it's a question of the cost of doing that.
"We are all about building houses that are affordable to live in and we'd love to build every house to LEED standards, we just want to see if we can do that," says Locke.
Adds Moter, "This is a project that not only gives back to an individual, but it also gives back to the community serving as an example of what can be done in Louisville through sustainability."
Habitat is in the process of raising funds to meet a $500,000 challenge grant from the J. Graham Brown Foundation. It is always looking for volunteers and donations.
Meanwhile Wendy is looking forward to moving into her new home when construction is completed in September. "I'm really blessed and lucky to have this opportunity," she says.
Engaged Couple's gifts take form of Habitat House
April 10, 2010 - Courier Journal by Melissa Poore
Rather than register for toasters and linens like many engaged couples do, Josh Lindley and Melanie Bloemer asked friends and family to help them build a house for a family they had never met in honor of their December wedding. Read More...
More people apply but fewer qualify for Habitat Homes
March 21, 2010 - WAVE 3 By Shayla Reaves
"In 2008 we were the 12th largest builder in Metro Louisville with 28 homes. In 2009, we were the ninth largest builder in Metro Louisville with 22 homes," Habitat for Humanity Louisville Director Rob Locke said. Read More...
New House, New Life, New Name: A Fresh Start in Mid-Life
By Garrison Cox
Skeptical that someone can change their life? Meet Ellen Sloan, a Habitat homeowner who overcame a life of drugs to create a better life for herself and her children.
Still, when it came to buying her own home, she wondered, "With my background, do I have a chance?"
New York Times
U of L Law Students Helping Out Habitat for Humanity...
More than 100 students from the Brandeis School of Law volunteered their time Aug. 14 as part of “Community Service Day,” a new, optional program offered as part of the school’s student orientation. Activities also are planned for Aug. 15.
Volunteer opportunities ranged from trash pick-up and dog walking to painting and yard work. The Student Bar Association-organized program included nine different agencies in the Louisville area.
The community service option seemed to be a welcome addition to the orientation program, said Kathleen Bean, professor and associate dean for Student Life at the law school.
“We had 109 of 142 students sign up in advance and a few added themselves after they got here,” she said.
Norton Healthcare and Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville
Partner in Employer Assisted Housing Program; First in the Nation...
LOUISVILLE, KY.: (August 26, 2008): On Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. Norton Healthcare and Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville announced a partnership to provide Norton Healthcare employees the option of buying a Habitat for Humanity home through the Norton Healthcare Employer Assisted Housing Program. This is the first partnership of its kind in the nation.
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