By Nick Gilbert
Heartland Habitat for Humanity has introduced an interesting initiative to develop low-cost, sustainable housing to a family based in the Kansas City region. BMO Financial Group’s unit, M&I is the Build Sponsor for this innovative project.
Heartland Habitat for Humanity is one among the four Habitat for Humanity International affiliates in the United States selected to study unique sustainable housing with the help of volunteer construction and community support. This home build prototype will be brought to Washington, DC, as a conversation to answer queries on what and how an affordable housing should be.
This fall, volunteers from local M&I branches will meet at the building site to provide workforce for the new home construction, which will extend to three months. This period will be an educational experience for the volunteers to know about sustainable principles to be followed in home construction.
The home construction is slated for completion by early 2013 and the family will shift to the home in the following weeks.
According to M&I’s Kansas City President, Brad Smith, this visionary project is expected to be repeated throughout the country. Heartland Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director, Tom Lally stated that the organization is happy to take part in this significant conversation on sustainable, low-cost housing with M&I, which lends financial and volunteer support. The organization is happy about this collaboration that helps a family to realize its American dream of homeownership.