Habitat for Humanity Savannah, the area’s leading builder of affordable housing, recently received a $3,000 grant from Target to defray the costs of Habitat Savannah’s homeownership program.
Virginia Brown, Habitat’s executive director, accepted the check at a presentation staged earlier today and attended by several Target team members, including Melinda Macdonald, General Manager of Target’s regional distribution center in Midway, GA as well as Rosemarie Sutton, General Manager of Target 3810/9417 and Olga Espinoza of Target 3810/9417 in Savannah, GA.
Savannah, a city in which 25.1% of the residents live in poverty, is experiencing an affordable housing crisis of epic proportions. “One cannot imagine the assault that poverty inflicts on the financial and physical well-being of Savannah’s families,” said Habitat’s executive director Virginia Brown. “Studies consistently demonstrate that housing is a critical factor in determining long-term family success.” Through Habitat for Humanity Savannah, the community’s most vulnerable populations can access affordable housing, thanks to an innovative model that partners corporations, individual volunteers, and applicant families in developing decent and energy efficient homes that a Habitat family will one day purchase. Strict guidelines govern the selection of partner families, ensuring that Habitat’s homeowners are those in need. Habitat for Humanity Savannah builds safe, decent, affordable housing. Responding to the expanding an assessment of partner family needs, the organization has reconfigured its building program to meet green building standards. Building green positions Habitat Savannah to address energy poverty, or the absurdly high cost-burden that impoverished families bear as they navigate living in poverty housing.
“We are grateful for Target’s support,” said Brown.