Southern Crescent Closes on Five More Homes in Hannah Springs

Hannah Springs

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is excited to welcome five new homeowners to the Hannah Springs neighborhood in Lovejoy, GA. As of March 2019, we completed and closed on these craftsman style homes located on Rockspray Court with plans to break ground on additional lots this Spring. The home dedications are set for Friday, April 12th. Check out our homeowners at their closings:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity begins project to renovate home of fallen police officer

Continuing our mission to build hope in the South Atlanta Metro area, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity partnered with Team Depot on March 15th to construct an accessibility ramp for Bradin Maddox, the son of fallen Locust Grove Police Officer Chase Maddox. Building the ramp was the first step in Southern Crescent’s extensive plan to make the Maddox home accessible for Bradin and those who care for him.

Last year tragedy struck the Locust Grove community when Officer Maddox was killed in the line of duty while assisting two Henry County deputies issue a failure to appear warrant. Officer Maddox, a McDonough native, was a veteran of the National Guard. Just four days after the fatal incident, his widow, Alex Maddox, gave birth to the couple’s second son, Bodie. The couple’s oldest son has cerebral palsy and his mobility is very limited.

Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer program, contributed $10k in gift cards to jumpstart the project followed by another $10k from the Home Depot Foundation. Employees from various Home Depot stores, Southern Crescent
staff, and volunteers worked tirelessly in the inclement weather to finish the ramp at the Maddox residence in Griffin, GA.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity hopes to rally additional community partners to complete other renovations in the home. For more information on how you can help Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity with the Chase Maddox project or other families, please email development@schabitat.org or donate to the GoFundMe at www.gofundme.com/thechasemaddoxproject.

Check out some of the media coverage:
CBS 46: Organization Helps Family of Fallen Officer Chase Maddox
South Metro Neighbor: Family of Fallen Locust Grove Officer to receive home improvements
Henry Herald: Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity to build ramp at Maddox home
Henry County Times: Project ongoing in officer’s memory
11 Alive: A wheelchair-accessible ramp for a fallen hero’s son
AJC: Habitat, Home Depot workers to help son of slain Locust Grove police officer
13WMAZ: Volunteers came together to build an accessible ramp for son of fallen police office Chase Maddox
Fox 5: Help for family of fallen Griffin police officer

Southern Crescent joins affliates around the state for a Day at the Dome

Georgia’s Habitat for Humanity affiliates gathered in the Capital for this year’s Habitat Day at the Dome on February 6th. Southern Crescent had 5 representatives from the 100 Women Who L.E.A.D to help advocate on the passing of House Bill 344. This bill approves a referendum- allowing for property tax exemption on vacant lots Habitat holds for future development. The passing of this bill can make an $8,000 a year difference in expenses.

Fulfilling the Dream: Georgia Power Joins SCHFH for a Day of Service

Georgia Power joined forces with Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity on January 21, 2019 for a day of service to commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. A group of GA Power volunteers, future Habitat homeowners, and Southern Crescent staff worked together to complete homes in the Hannah Springs neighborhood in Lovejoy, GA.

Last year during the MLK Build, Georgia Power helped us raise the walls on the home of Jasmine Nance and by the end of this month, we will be closing on 4 other homes in Hannah Springs. “When you’re able to help build your neighbors home and they are able to build yours…you know each other, you look out for each other…great sense of community,” exclaims Ms. Nance about her experience with SCHFH.

Pinewood Studios Winter Gala was a night to remember for Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity benefits from the “Reel People Care” Pinewood Atlanta Studios Gala 2019


The “Reel People Care” Pinewood Atlanta Studios Winter Gala was a huge success and Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity had the honor of being one of the selected nonprofits benefitting from the event.

The red carpet affair featured exquisite culinary selections from the Hanna Brothers, a silent auction, interactive media experiences, and even live entertainment.
 

Celebrating the “Home Grown” theme, the star-studded evening included speeches from actor and comedian Chris Tucker, filmmakers the Erwin brothers, and Chick-fil-a CEO Dan Cathy.

This unique event allowed guests exclusive access to Pinewood Studios’ Stage 17 where several of our favorite Marvel projects have been filmed.  Over 700 guests filled the room to get a taste of Georgia’s booming film industry while raising a half a million dollars for charities that serve the Fayette County area. 

Through events like this and with your support, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is able to continue our mission to build HOMES, COMMUNITIES, and HOPE in South Metro Atlanta. 

Photos from the event are courtesy of Dre’s Photography. See the complete album here.
 
 

ABOUT SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry dedicated to providing low-income families an opportunity to become successful homeowners through a program of education and support, interest free lending, and volunteer driven construction. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to build attractive and affordable homes, repair existing homes, and to address community needs through neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired over 150 homes.

 

Georgia Gives Campaign 2018

Georgia Gives on Giving Tuesday: Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is fundraising to impact their mission

 

Media Contact
Name: Elizabeth Duncan
Title: Operations Assistant
E-mail: Elizabeth.Duncan@schabitat.org
Office:  770-477-2367 

 

JONESBORO, GA [November 1, 2018] —Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) is joining over 3,000 other Georgia nonprofits this month as we participate in Georgia Gives on Giving Tuesday. Georgia Gives is a statewide event run by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits that helps the community balance holiday “getting” with community “giving.”

Georgia Gives on Giving Tuesday will happen this year on November 27th, 2018, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.  SCHFH is asking the South Metro Atlanta area community to come together to help low-to-moderate income families with homeownership and home repairs in Clayton, Fayette, and Henry counties.  Last year, SCHFH came very close to raising $10,000 towards home repairs for senior citizens in need.  This year, SCHFH hopes to hit the $10,000 goal to build impact to our mission.

“Georgia gives donations are important because we have several families on our wait list for home repairs.” stated by Cynthia E. Jenkins, CEO of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity. “Without these funds we will not be able to help them with the home repairs that are critical to their safety.  We want them to be safe and warm this upcoming winter.”

All month long, SCHFH will be highlighting some inspiring stories from our Habitat families.  Ms. Juwarn Gray has been residing in her Habitat home for 15 years in College Park. Mr. Walter Prayor, a senior living in Fayette county that until last year has been using an outhouse his entire life.  Ms. Martina Simmons residing in the Clayton county area started her relationship with us as an individual that received assistance with her critical home repair but now holds a seat as board member for our organization.  

“We know that $10,000 is a tall order, but we are confident that our community can come together and raise the funds needed,” said Cynthia E. Jenkins.

Donors can give online at schabitat.org/gagives or mail checks to 9570 Tara Blvd. Jonesboro GA 30236, payable to “Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity.”

 

ABOUT SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry dedicated to providing low-income families an opportunity to become successful homeowners through a program of education and support, interest free lending, and volunteer driven construction. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to build attractive and affordable homes, repair existing homes, and to address community needs through neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired over 150 homes.

ABOUT GA GIVES ON GIVING TUESDAY:

GAgives rooted in the Thanksgiving season, has raised more than $20.4 million in donations for over 3,000 participating Georgia nonprofits since 2012. Led by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, the GAgives initiative maintains an online fundraising platform.  This initiative empowers all Georgia nonprofits to increase funds, gain new supporters, and raise awareness through one 24 hour statewide marathon giving. GAgives.org, is free to use for any registered 501c3 in the state.

 

Home Builders Blitz 2018

JONESBORO, GA [May 24th, 2018] — Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) is participating in Habitat for Humanity’s annual Home Builders Blitz. Home Builders Blitz brings together pro­fessional homebuild­ers from all over for one shared pur­pose – to build safe and affordable housing for families in need of a decent place to call home.

Potential Home Builders Blitz Donation Items include: Ceiling Repair, Door & Window Replacement, Electrical Repairs, Install Roofing Shingles, Install Walk-In Shower, New Gutters, New Kitchen Countertops & Sink, Plumbing Repairs, Pull Trusses and Sheath Roof, Replace Flooring, Service HVAC System.

These items will be used to help 3 local homeowners: Slyvia Simmons, Louise Webb and Irene Haney.

Sylvia Simmons lives in Fayetteville, Ga. She is a part of our critical home repair program and is 100% disabled. Unable to do any repairs and living on a fixed income Slyvia is in desperate need of repairs. Her original roof is over 30 years old, rodents and other pests are able to enter the home, and she is unable to use her kitchen sink and stove.

Slyvia’s needs include: Ceiling Repair, Door & Window Replacement, New Gutters, Plumbing Repairs, Replace Flooring.

Louise Webb also lives in Fayetteville, Ga. She is a part of our critical home repair program and lives with her disabled son. They are both physically unable to do necessary repairs and live on fixed incomes. Their bathroom is inaccessible with health and age restrictions, the electrical in the kitchen does not work properly, and all the windows in the home need to be replaced.

Their many safety and accessibility needs include: Electrical Repairs, Install Walk-In Shower, New Kitchen Countertops and Sink, New Gutters, Service HVAC system.

Irene Haney is a resident of Hampton, Ga. She is one of our newest homeowners whose house we have just begun. She has rented for over 30 years and is looking for a place to call her own. We are in need of contractors to help donate labor and or materials.

Irene’s needs include: Installation of Roofing Shingles, Pull Trusses and Sheath Roof.

For more information please contact development@schabitat.org or call Kiera Dunn at (770)-477-2367.

ABOUT HOME BUILDERS BLITZ: 
Home Builders Blitz is a partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the building industry to build and renovate homes across the nation. Home Builders Blitz is an exciting opportunity for Habitat for Humanity and professional builders to partner to build and renovate homes across the nation. Affiliates and builders will work closely together to coordinate this project

ABOUT SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that helps low-income families find opportunity, achieve stability, and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired 150 homes.

Habitat for Humanity, Lowe’s and more than 18,000 women build with families nationwide during National Women Build Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Hillary Stroud
Habitat for Humanity International
404-420-6732
newsroom@habitat.org

Melody Thuston
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
704-758-0401
Melody.Thuston@lowes.com

Habitat for Humanity, Lowe’s and more than 18,000 women build with families nationwide during National Women Build Week

The 11th annual National Women Build Week empowers women to build safe and decent homes in more than 300 communities nationwide

 

ATLANTA (May 3, 2018) – For the 11th year, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s will host the annual National Women Build Week from May 5-13 where thousands of women volunteers and Habitat homeowners will unite nationwide to build up their communities and gain skills in home construction.

 

National Women Build Week encourages women nationwide to devote at least one day to help build decent and affordable housing in their local communities. Women have the strength and determination necessary to build Habitat houses, addressing the problem of affordable housing in a concrete way so that families can achieve stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable homes.

 

In fact, according to a 2018 national study by Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity, more than nine-in-10 American women believe providing and advocating for access to affordable housing for women can benefit society.[1] The survey also found:

  • Nearly all women (98 percent) agree access to affordable housing helps women heads of household thrive.
  • Having a safe, stable home is a source of pride (96 percent) that makes women feel more confident (98 percent) and independent (97 percent).
  • Three-in-five (62 percent) women say they cannot afford to purchase a home that meets their family’s needs in the neighborhood where they want to live.

“For 11 years, National Women Build Week has brought together thousands of strong women of all construction experience levels to build or repair homes with hardworking, empowered Habitat homeowners to address this critical issue,” said Lisa Marie Nickerson, associate director, Habitat for Humanity International. “We have seen firsthand the strength and independence that homeownership can provide for families. We are thankful for Lowe’s continued support, without which this week would not be possible.”

 

Lowe’s and Habitat share the vision that every woman, man and child have a decent place to lay their heads at night. Far too often, low-income families are faced with choosing between paying their housing costs and buying necessities like food and medical care to provide for their family. National Women Build Week recruits, educates and inspires women to build, and advocate for decent and affordable houses in their communities alongside their future neighbors—making a difference in their community, one nail at a time.

 

“Lowe’s is proud to sponsor National Women Build Week to educate, inspire and empower women to volunteer alongside other women in their community to address the critical issue of affordable housing. We know women working together are an unstoppable force for creating meaningful change in our communities,” said Colleen B. Penhall, Lowe’s vice president of corporate social responsibility. “At Lowe’s, we believe that a safe, stable home is an important source of strength, pride and security for families. Together with Habitat, our Lowe’s Heroes volunteers and women nationwide, National Women Build Week will provide valuable support to advance accessible housing in the communities where we all live and work.”

 

Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 and has brought together more than 117,000 all-women construction volunteers to build or repair homes with nearly 5,000 families over the past 10 years. This year, Lowe’s donated $2 million to Habitat for Humanity to support the 2018 National Women Build Week, and provides how-to clinics at stores to help equip women volunteers for the builds. Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed over $30 million to Habitat for Humanity International and helped more than 6,500 Habitat families improve their living conditions.

 

Both women and men of all experience levels can participate by signing up to volunteer with their local Habitat organization or by joining the conversation online. As part of National Women Build Week, Lowe’s and Habitat are activating a social movement to generate conversation about building one another up and sharing the message of women empowerment, positivity and action by using #BuildHer and #WomenBuild.

 

About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

 

About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 60-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In the past decade, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $300 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

[1] The 2018 Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity National Women Build Week Survey presents the findings of an online survey conducted by Toluna from April 5-8, 2018 among a random sample of 1,019 American women age 18+. The margin of error for a sample of this size is ± 3% at a 95% level of confidence.

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Wells Fargo builds, donates $15,000 to support affordable housing in Clayton County

 

Media Contact: Trisha Pintavorn
trisha.pintavorn@schabitat.org
770-477-2367

LOVEJOY, GA [April 22, 2018] – A team of over sixty volunteers from Wells Fargo joined together with Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) to build a home for a family in need in Lovejoy, GA.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that builds and repairs homes for low-income families in Clayton, Henry, and Fayette counties. New home builds are funded by grants, individual donations, and corporate partnerships. Wells Fargo donated $15,000 to the project and hundreds of volunteer hours to a new home build for Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity partner family Ms. Toyea Casey.

Ms. Casey is a single mother who works two jobs to provide for her three daughters.  She currently works 39 hours a week at Title Max and 24 hours a week at McDonald’s. Of how her life will change once she moves into her Habitat home, Ms. Casey says that, “I think it’ll just make me feel so much more confident, somewhere where now I can call my own, this is my house…. Just the security that this is always going to be home, [having my kids know that] if they were to leave, they can always come back home. Even if something happened to me, this will still be home to them.”

Volunteers put together the walls of Ms. Casey’s home, as well as painted the siding on another Habitat for Humanity home. This was part of a multi-state volunteer effort on Wells Fargo’s part for National Volunteer Month. 

This volunteer event was one of many in a longstanding partnership between Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity and Wells Fargo. In recent years, Wells Fargo has donated to support neighborhood revitalization efforts across all three counties, volunteered on multiple builds, and helped repair a home for a senior in Fayetteville. The homes Wells Fargo worked on are part of a new 28-home Habitat for Humanity development in Lovejoy, Georgia called Hannah Springs. “We’re so grateful to Wells Fargo for their continued support of our mission,” said Robin Malone, SCHFH Development Manager. “They truly have been a champion of affordable housing in the South Metro Atlanta area.”

ABOUT SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that helps low-income families find opportunity, achieve stability, and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired 150 homes. Learn more at www.schabitat.org.

ABOUT WELLS FARGO:

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,200 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2017 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

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The Case for Sustainability in Affordable Housing

There has been a continued need for affordable housing and with the advances in sustainable practices and products, it may be possible to do more for residents and the environment at a lower cost. Agents have noted an increased desire for green homes or more energy-efficient homes from buyers and this interest will be likely to continue as energy costs soar and many become aware of how construction and transportation related to housing can add to greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable design practices and energy-efficient materials and products make green and affordable housing a real possibility.

More Interest in Affordable Sustainable Homes

More affordable neighborhoods can be one of the boons of continuous efforts toward sustainable housing. The use of green design and construction, improved transportation options and compact development can do much to keep construction costs down while protecting the environment, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. It has been found that through the use of green building materials, appliances and techniques, homeowners can expect an average reduction of energy consumption of 33 percent.

A decrease in water use follows closely behind with an estimated 30 percent. This can help potential homeowners reduce much of their energy costs and keep more of their after tax income. An aim to reduce water consumption will be particularly helpful in drought-prone areas. Water-efficiency becomes more important as communities across the nation head into the future. Homeowners benefit from lower energy costs with sustainable homes, while fewer resources are consumed in the environment to satisfy energy demands.

How to Build Sustainably

There have been mistakes on the road to sustainable housing that failed to account for the need for homeowners to live connected to a grid that included transportation and commerce options. Affordable housing design values have changed much since their inception and designers now consider energy-efficiency, context-responsiveness, and healthy environments in the construction of an affordable structure. How can sustainability in design and construction help drive down costs while keeping the practical needs of owners or tenants in mind? Sustainable development can be achieved through:

  • Choosing sites in proximity to schools, public transportation and other needs for more walkable communities.
  • Building structures within town centers or cities with existing infrastructures.
  • Designing units and outdoors spaces with passive design strategies in mind to reduce energy needs naturally.
  • Utilizing LEED and Energy Star checklists to decrease energy consumption.
  • Selecting durable fixtures, equipment, hardware and finishes that are easy to repair.

The choice of incorporating environmentally responsible materials with clean manufacturing process that demonstrate low embodied energy, as well as picking materials and finishes that are not known for creating an unhealthy interior environment, will be useful in meeting environmental needs and those of residents in sustainable communities. Individuals will be able to easily maintain such residences and have many of their needs met within walking distance or through public transportation options when sustainable design techniques and products, and affordable housing needs, are brought together.

Why Think Sustainable?

“Green” affordable housing is becoming a national movement. There are sustainable affordable housing developments in different areas of the country, such as Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC. Many states press forward to reduce energy demand as outlined in the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. It is possible to retrofit existing housing as well as construct new sustainable affordable housing to meet growing housing demands.

Affordable housing and green housing is not only a trend that will benefit low-income residents. Sustainable housing, passive design and green products and systems are attractive to millenials looking to cut energy costs and are willing to pay a bit more to purchase a home when a home is built sustainably or has green upgrades to reduce their long-term energy costs. Different demographic groups can benefit from the trend to make housing greener and more affordable.

Guest post by realtor Gary Ashton with The Ashton Real Estate Group. You can find Gary on Twitter and LinkedIn. Contact our team at development@schabitat.org for guest post inquiries.