With a generous grant from the Masco Corporation Foundation, Masco is supporting HomeAid Atlanta’s efforts to retrofit existing shelters for homeless families and individuals around the country. Through HomeAid Atlanta’s Environmental Sustainability Program, homeless care providers can deliver their services in a more environmentally conscious manner.
On September 24, 2012, HomeAid Atlanta, a nonprofit organization that builds and maintains housing for the homeless, began an energy efficiency retrofit at a College Park home operated by Tapestry Youth Ministries (Tapestry), a nonprofit organization serving homeless teen mothers and their children. It is estimated that the energy improvements will reduce the home’s energy use and saving Tapestry several thousand dollars each year in energy costs at this 100-year-old home. These savings will allow Tapestry to focus more of its funding on direct client services like counseling, financial education and baby care needs.
Every night up to 100 women and children who are victims of domestic violence find safety and comfort at the Hope Campus of Sojourner Center in Arizona. An abandoned nursing home converted into a safe house in 2007, the Hope Campus, at 60,000 square feet, is now the largest facility of its kind in the nation, serving 2,900 women and children annually. Its grand opening featuring its major green retrofit took place on October 16, and Masco was represented by Susan Holland of Masco Cabinetry.
By bringing together the resources of the HomeAid on Wheels (HOW) program with the funding provided by Walmart, Owens Corning, and Masco Corporation's Environmental Sustainability Program (ESP) nationwide, HomeAid Atlanta is able to retrofit shelters with green, energy efficient upgrades to enable the non-profit operators of these facilities to increase their service delivery capacity by reducing their operating costs. The HOW program enables communities around the nation to address the homelessness issue through the construction, renovation and greening of dignified housing where America’s homeless families and individuals can rebuild their lives.
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