Habitat for Humanity Celebrates WCC Partnership
February 25, 2010
Recently, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East and Walsh Construction Co. celebrated the results of a five-year partnership that included the sponsorship of nine homes for low-income families—including the first two LEED-certified Habitat for Humanity homes in Oregon. Walsh joined Habitat’s efforts in 2004.
During their five-year commitment, Walsh helped build Habitat homes throughout Portland and Gresham. Their dedication has included securing donated building materials and trade services, educating Habitat construction staff on pouring foundations, and serving on the Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East Board of Directors.
In March 2009, Walsh’s experience with green building practices and dedication to sustainability helped take Habitat’s mission to a new level. Two Habitat homes completed in Portland received LEED for Homes Platinum certification—the first two Habitat for Humanity LEED-certified homes in the state.
Walsh is currently working on two Habitat homes in southeast Portland. The company has sponsored these two homes with the intention of using them as models of low-income energy-efficient housing. Their efforts will take Habitat’s current Energy Star efficient building practice to a heightened Earth Advantage certification level.
Steve Messinetti, Executive Director of Habitat, can’t say enough about this company’s support: “Walsh’s commitment to Habitat has played a key role in taking our organization to the next level. Five years ago, we built an average of 10 homes each year. Now 20 families partner with us annually to build and buy energy-efficient and affordable homes. Dick Hutchison, a senior project manager with Walsh, participated in creating the current pivotal strategic plan that aims to help 30 families escape poverty annually.”
Walsh’s involvement has reinforced Habitat’s goal of providing affordable, healthy homes; proving that building environmentally responsible housing pays off long after construction is complete.
Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East serves Multnomah County and northern Clackamas County. No other local homeownership organization offers a no-interest mortgage, giving Habitat the ability to reach out to families one step away from homelessness. Habitat sells the homes at cost, making no profit. Houses are sold below market value because of volunteer labor and donations. Families pay a 1% down payment on a 0% interest mortgage. Instead of being in a vulnerable and fragile economic position, Habitat families find themselves in a position of strength.
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