Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity and students from Chipola College’s Workforce Development programs will be building a home in Marianna in honor of the National Day of Service.
This effort is funded by a $20,000 disaster services grant from Habitat for Humanity International and State Farm®.
“Our community was greatly affected by Hurricane Michael. Along our community’s road to recovery, Habitat has embraced the responsibility to supply quality and affordable housing for impacted families,” said Carmen D. Smith, Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director. “The grant from Habitat for Humanity and State Farm will increase the climate resilience of four homes by funding the impact and pressure resistant doors and windows. This beyond-code construction implementation will mitigate the risk to families in the event of future disasters.”
In Jackson County, Hurricane Michael destroyed over 400 structures and damaged another 600, rendering them susceptible to further damage and potentially unsafe conditions. Since the hurricane, Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity has worked diligently to increase our capacity to meet the expanded needs of the community. We continue to focus our efforts on helping our neighbors in this area by constructing affordable, climate resilient homes and by strengthening our partnerships with our municipalities, the local college, and churches. Collectively, our work provides safe, decent, and permanent places for families to call home.
“State Farm is pleased to team up with Habitat for Humanity to support recovery efforts through this grant,” said Apsara Sorensen, Corporate Responsibility Director at State Farm. “Part of the State Farm mission is to help people recover from the unexpected. We hope this disaster services grant goes a long way in helping the Jackson County community recover from Hurricane Michael.”
State Farm and Habitat for Humanity are providing up to $100,000 in grants for disaster recovery projects that engage youth. State Farm has been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity International’s youth initiatives since 2007.