Denise Rentschler, City of Tempe
Tempe, ARIZ –
The City of Tempe and Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona (HFHCAZ) are teaming up with the East Valley Catholic Coalition, Ramsey Social Justice Foundation and Salt River Project (SRP) to provide three Tempe families each with a new LEED Platinum Certified home in 2013. A “Wall Signing” ceremony will be held for two of the homes at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2227 East Randall Drive, in the Victory Acres Neighborhood near South Price Road and East University Drive.
Two homes will be built on East Randall Drive. One is for the Acuna Family and is sponsored by the East Valley Catholic Coalition, which is comprised of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church and St. Patrick Catholic Community. The second home is for the Palomares Family and is sponsored by SRP. Upon completion, both homes will be equipped with solar panels thanks to a partnership with American Solar Electric and SRP.
Construction for the first LEED Platinum certified HFHCAZ home in Tempe began earlier this year. The home, located on South Stratton Lane, is being built for the Andrade family and is sponsored by Bob Ramsey and Jenny Norton of the Ramsey Social Justice Foundation. Ramsey and Norton financed HFHCAZ’s first LEED Platinum Certified home (in Glendale) in 2008 and have continued to be strong supporters of Habitat’s green build efforts. Ramsey and Norton have provided the financial resources to ensure that all three of the Tempe homes meet the LEED Platinum certification level.
The partnership with HFHCAZ is part of Tempe’s focused neighborhood revitalization effort to help stabilize our neighborhoods. By partnering with organizations like HFHCAZ, the City of Tempe is able to leverage our resources to maximize the positive impact on the community. Converting vacant lots and abandoned properties into affordable housing options for our residents also helps reduce the opportunities for illegal dumping and graffiti.
The community is invited to participate in the building process of the Andrade Family home on South Stratton Lane. The Tempe Community Action Agency is recruiting volunteers at www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044FACA82BA13-habitat
. No experience is necessary and participants need to be 16 years or older.
For more information on affordable housing options in Tempe, please visit www.Tempe.gov/housing
About Habitat for Humanity for Humanity Central Arizona:
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona (HFHCAZ) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that builds, renovates and repairs homes in partnership with families in need. Serving Arizona since 1985, HFHCAZ (an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International) is an independent, locally run nonprofit organization which helps families of low and moderate incomes become homeowners by building and partnering in the creation of affordable housing. HFHCAZ also builds community partnerships that promote spiritual values and individual responsibility. The Central Arizona affiliate is one of the most active of the Habitat affiliates and is responsible for building and renovating over 864 homes. Currently, the affiliate is active in Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County.