MEMPHIS, TENN. (May 11, 2020) – As the world continues to grapple with the public health crisis and the economic impact of COVID-19, the importance of a place to call home has never been more pronounced.
Since 1983, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has supported families in Fayette and Shelby Counties through many adversities. Now, in these very challenging times, Memphis Habitat stands ready once again to offer a hand up to families in need of safe, decent and affordable homes. Through the Homes, Communities, Hope + You campaign, the organization will raise funds to support more families who need access to the opportunities that an affordable home provides.
“So much has changed in a relatively short period of time, but one thing has remained clear – the need for decent, affordable housing in our community,” said Dwayne Spencer, president & CEO of Memphis Habitat. “Staying at home isn't simple or straightforward for families who face overcrowding, substandard conditions or are cost burdened. We need our friends to help us continue our work together – helping local families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.”
This year, Memphis Habitat plans to make critical repairs to 250 senior-owned homes in Fayette and Shelby County and build 27 new homes in the Bickford, New Chicago and Smokey City neighborhoods, more homes than the organization usually builds annually. Those plans remain in motion, but Memphis Habitat needs help at a time in which it may be more difficult to fundraise to serve such a large number of families. The organization expects to incur additional costs as it prepares to reopen its ReStore and resume its senior repair program and volunteer building activities with increased safety protocols, such as PPE for clients, staff, contractors and volunteers. Habitat’s ReStore, which provides ongoing funding support, has been closed since March 16, so the organization also needs additional funding to make up for that revenue shortfall.
The Homes, Communities, Hope + You campaign is a unique opportunity for Habitat organizations all around the world to unite as a global network to galvanize communities and emerge from this crisis stronger together. The campaign will feature Habitat doing what it does best: building security and stability, building back the economy, reconnecting communities, and creating hope.
“Habitat for Humanity is needed now more than ever,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “The world was already experiencing a housing crisis long before COVID-19. The pandemic has only made our work more urgent. Our neighbors need our help to build back, and we need your support as we work toward a world where everyone has a safe, decent and affordable place to live.”
More details about Memphis Habitat’s Homes, Communities, Hope + You campaign is available at www.memphishabitat.com.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis partners with people in our community to help them build or improve places they can call home through new home construction, rehabilitation projects and Aging in Place accessibility and mobility modifications for homeowners age 60 and older. Since 1983, Memphis Habitat has helped more 500 first-time homebuyers secure affordable mortgages and completed rehabilitation and home modification projects in partnership with more than 650 local homeowners, helping them achieve the independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. For more information, visit memphishabitat.com.
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