The Home Depot Foundation to Frame More Than 45 Houses During Habitat for Humanity's Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project Foundation to Provide Volunteers, Monetary and In-Kind Support for "Framing

Frenzy"



    ATLANTA, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Habitat for Humanity today announced The
 Home Depot Foundation as the premier sponsor of the Framing Frenzy, a
 week-long service effort to frame a total of 48 new homes as part of the
 25th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project taking place in the Gulf
 Coast, May 11-16. The Home Depot Foundation has committed more than
 $600,000 in cash and gift-in-kind products to the Project in an effort to
 help build healthy, affordable homes in partnership with families in need.
 
     As the premier sponsor of the Framing Frenzy, approximately 100
 volunteers from The Home Depot Foundation and 20 of its vendor partners
 will work side-by-side with the local community to build the framing
 structures for the 48 new homes. These homes will be completed by Habitat
 for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast by the end of the year.
 
     "As the premier sponsor of the 'Framing Frenzy,' The Home Depot
 Foundation has truly stepped up to help ensure the success of this historic
 25th Carter Work Project. Their support more importantly is a measure of
 the commitment they have to families so severely impacted by the hurricanes
 of 2005," said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for
 Humanity. "We're grateful for their participation and are eager to work
 with The Home Depot family not only during this special framing event, but
 throughout the United States as we begin our new partnership to build
 decent, affordable, 'green' homes with families inside and outside the Gulf
 Coast region."
 
     In addition to the framing project, Habitat will build or rehabilitate
 60 additional homes in Biloxi, Pascagoula and Gulfport during the five-day
 event. Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, headquartered in
 Biloxi, Miss., is the host affiliate for the 2008 Project. A total of 18
 participating Habitat affiliates throughout Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama
 and Texas will also help repair or build more than 250 homes as part of the
 Carter Work Project by the end of the year.
 
     "The Home Depot Foundation, The Home Depot and our associates and our
 supplier partners are energized to participate in the 25th annual Carter
 Work Project and to continue our efforts to support the rebuilding of the
 Gulf Coast," said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation.
 "The Foundation specifically supports the construction of homes for
 families that are healthy to live in and affordable to own for the
 long-term and this project in addition to our national partnership with
 Habitat, is another step in advancing our mission and ensuring that the
 Gulf region is built back stronger than it was before the hurricanes of
 2005."
 
     Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, The Home Depot and its suppliers
 immediately committed cash and materials to all phases of the relief,
 response and rebuilding efforts throughout the Gulf Coast. Since then, the
 company has continued to focus its efforts to rebuild the Gulf communities
 in a healthy and sustainable way in order for families to thrive in the
 future. In total, the company and the Foundation has contributed more than
 $15 million.
 
     In addition to helping sponsor Habitat for Humanity's Jimmy and
 Rosalynn Carter Work Project, Habitat for Humanity and The Home Depot
 Foundation recently announced a national green building initiative,
 Partners in Sustainable Building. The first-ever national program of its
 kind will provide funding and resources to assist in making at least 5,000
 homes built by Habitat affiliates more energy-efficient and sustainable
 according to nationally recognized green building standards. Sustainable
 homes cost less to operate and maintain and have less of an impact on the
 environment. The Home Depot Foundation is providing $30 million in
 financial and in-kind support, technical resources and training to
 establish a foundation of green building expertise that will impact Habitat
 builds for years to come.
 
     About The Home Depot Foundation
 
     The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community
 building goals of The Home Depot. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to
 building homes for working families that are healthy to live in and
 affordable to own. Through the incorporation of responsible design, homes
 built with durable materials are more energy and water efficient, have good
 indoor air quality, and provide a safe and healthy space to live. During
 its first five years, The Home Depot Foundation granted $70 million to
 nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 50,000
 affordable, healthy homes. For more information, visit
 www.homedepotfoundation.org .
 
     25 Years of Building with the Carters
 
     Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have been helping
 Habitat for Humanity shine the spotlight on the need for affordable housing
 since 1984. That year, the Carters led a small team of Habitat volunteers
 to New York City to help renovate a six-story apartment building with 19
 families in need of decent, affordable shelter. A quarter of a century
 later, that modest effort has grown into an internationally recognized
 annual event that has taken place in communities around the world.
 
     About Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast
 
     Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast (HFHMGC) serves Harrison,
 Jackson and Stone counties. Since Katrina, HFHMGC has completed and started
 construction on 170 homes. HFHMGC believes every family deserves a 'place
 they can call home', and as such they are committed to providing the
 Mississippi Gulf Coast with clean, decent affordable and safe homes. While
 eradication of poverty housing is a challenge in all locations, it is
 particularly challenging in the light of hurricane Katrina. For more
 information on HFHMGC and how to volunteer or donate, go to www.hfhmgc.org
 .
 
     About Habitat for Humanity International
 
     Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry
 that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating
 poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than
 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter
 for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org
 .
 
 
 

SOURCE The Home Depot Foundation

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