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Goodwill, Habitat and Lowe’s Team Up to Go Green for Affordable Housing

November 7, 2011

ReHouse volunteers take a break from their work to pose for a photo

Yesterday afternoon, 15 volunteers from the 2011 Energy Star Products Partner meeting, along with representatives from Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Habitat Charlotte and Lowe’s Companies, Inc., kicked off the ReHouse project in the Villa Heights neighborhood of Charlotte, NC.

The volunteers used their demolition tools to begin transforming a vacant home into a model of affordable energy efficiency. They also distributed weatherization kits and educated neighboring residents about ways to make their homes more energy efficient.

The partnership began when the City of Charlotte donated a foreclosed home to Habitat. Goodwill reached out to Habitat to explore on-the-job training opportunities for students in their Construction Services program, and the house provided a good fit. Lowe’s stepped forward to provide a $40,000 grant to supply energy-saving building materials.

Slated for completion late January 2012, the Goodwill/Habitat ReHouse will offer educational tours to demonstrate practical, affordable ways to reduce home energy costs.

When finished, the house will be sold to a qualifying Habitat for Humanity family.

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