(GREENVILLE, SC) September 21, 2023 — Yesterday, Alair Homes joined Habitat for Humanity on build sites across the state for a single-day, multi-site volunteer collaboration. Hosted in partnership with Habitat for Humanity South Carolina, the event was held at Habitat build sites across the Palmetto State, as part of Alair Homes’s focus on living better and supporting local communities. Recognizing that a home is where families work, play, and make memories – Alair Homes is investing in communities, alongside Habitat for Humanity.
Volunteers engaged in an array of construction activities – from installing insulation, framing a home, rebuilding a fence, and installing vinyl siding. With this first multi-location volunteer effort of its kind for the company, Alair Homes impacted five hard-working families in Bluffton, Greenville, Pickens, Summerville, and Wando. In addition to the volunteer support, Alair Homes donated $10,000 to help Habitat families live better in safe, stable, and affordable homes.
“At Alair we are passionate about building stronger communities. Working alongside Habitat for Humanity allows us to use our talents and relationships to help meet the housing needs for hard-working families around the state”, says Steven Kendrick, owner of Alair Homes Charleston.
Approximately 90% of South Carolina’s lower-income households are estimated to be housing cost-burdened. Additionally, the recent Palmetto Housing Study (2023) concluded that more than a third of the state’s middle-income households ($35,000-$75,000 annually) are also housing cost-burdened.
“Habitat is built on partnerships,” said Monroe Free, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County. “Alair Homes is a great partner for us and through the partnership, we are able to offer an opportunity for a hard-working family to own their home and also strengthen our community. But Alair and Habitat Greenville are partnering with other Habitat affiliates across SC today to have an even greater impact. “
Habitat invests in communities by helping households earning between 30-80% of the area median income access and sustain responsible, affordable homeownership. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through home construction, rehabilitation, repairs, housing finance, support services, and technical assistance, Habitat partners with families and individuals to build and improve a place to call home.
Paying an average monthly mortgage of $550 for a three-bedroom home, future homeowners are participants in building a better home and future for themselves and their families. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Out of Reach Report 2023, a Habitat mortgage is $870 less per month than the market rent for a three-bedroom unit in South Carolina.
You can learn more about Habitat’s work across South Carolina here.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County:
Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County opened its doors in 1985 to bring families, community partners, and volunteers together to construct affordable, energy-efficient homes that help families build strength, stability, and self-reliance. As of May 2023, Habitat Greenville has completed the construction of 405 homes. Habitat Greenville received the 2017 Builder of the Year award from EarthCraft, and in recognition of financial health, accountability, and transparency, maintain a 4-Star Charity status by Charity Navigator. Habitat Greenville ReStores are located at 3033 Wade Hampton Boulevard in Taylors and 1818 Woodruff Rd., Greenville, SC 29607. Call 864-312-5016 for free donation pickups.
Learn more at www.habitatgreenville.org.
About Habitat for Humanity South Carolina
Established as the state support office in 2012, Habitat for Humanity South Carolina is a nonprofit housing organization that brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. The state support office expands the capacity of 26 local affiliates through advocacy, resource development, education and training, and disaster services. Habitat affiliates have built, repaired, and rehabilitated over 4,900 homes throughout 37 counties since 1978. Habitat helps South Carolinians become first-time homebuyers, improve their housing conditions, and achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. In 2022, the Habitat team in South Carolina invested over $40 million, helping 317 families across the Palmetto State as they achieved their goal of attainable, safe, and healthy homeownership. Habitat’s investment created nearly $62 million of total economic activity, supporting 516 total jobs, and paying $21.4 million in labor income throughout South Carolina. To learn more, visit: southcarolinahabitat.org.
About Alair Homes
Today, Alair™ has the largest footprint of any premium custom home building and large-scale renovation/remodeling brand in the world. With locations across Canada and the United States, Alair is committed to helping the people in their local communities live better. Learn more at alairhomes.com