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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF NORTHWEST INDIANA RECEIVES FUNDING FROM THE LAKE AREA UNITED WAY NWI COVID-19 COMMUNITY ECONOMIC RELIEF FUND

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF NORTHWEST INDIANA RECEIVES FUNDING FROM THE LAKE AREA UNITED WAY NWI COVID-19 COMMUNITY ECONOMIC RELIEF FUND

GARY — Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana announced today that it received a $14,980 grant from the Lake Area United Way NWI Covid19 Community Economic Relief Fund. Funds will be used to purchase plumbing materials related to a Habitat home currently being built in Merrillville, Indiana and the purchase of four laptops. Habitat requested the funds due to the negative financial impacts of covid19 on the generation of funds to complete the home build.  The laptops were requested also in response to the pandemic as staff needed to have the ability to work from home.

“Finding new ways to navigate our builds, fundraising activities and the work week in general has been challenging these last few months.  I am grateful for having been awarded a grant from the Lake Area United Way to help support all of those activities. With this funding, we have been able to move forward on completion of one of our habitat homes that had stalled during the initial months of the covid19 pandemic.  I am also able to purchase laptops for staff to allow them to for work from home when and if needed.  The most important this is that we are able to continue our mission to build homes, communities and hope!  Thank you LAUW!” said Dawn Michaels, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana.

Executive Director of Lisa Daugherty remarked, “Lake Area United Way fights for working families on a path to financial wellness through livable wage jobs, affordable child care and basic supports. Now more than ever, an affordable home is the most basic support for a family and a key opportunity to build wealth.  We are excited to work with Habitat for Humanity of NW Indiana in support of their mission.“

Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana serves struggling, working families earning between 30 to 80% of the average income across northwest Indiana.  Through strong community partnerships with donors, volunteers and dedicated families, Habitat has served 110 families since its inception in 1986. 

About Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana: Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana is the leading organization that provides permanent, affordable housing to income-qualified families in Lake County Indiana. By serving qualified homeowners with an affordable mortgage, we help families achieve housing stability and improve their living conditions. HFHNWI’s operating expenses are funded in part by our two ReStores’ located in Gary and Merrillville through the sales of gently used and new home furnishings and materials.  HFHNWI leverages our resources with community partners, collaborators and volunteers to keep our housing affordable.   We continue work toward our vision; where everyone has a decent place to live.   

Kind regards,Wende Burbridge, CFREDirector of DevelopmentHabitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana(O) 219-923-7265 ext. 1304(C) 219-629-3256

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