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Habitat for Humanity-Corpus Christi Gets $40,000 Disaster Relief Gift from United Way of the Coastal Bend

Funds put a new roof over seven families affected by Harvey

United Way of the Coastal Bend gave Habitat for Humanity-Corpus Christi $40,000 for the long-term recovery of Corpus Christi residents. Habitat for Humanity’s volunteers and recipient homeowners worked together to repair and rebuild the roofs of six homes. The seventh began construction on July 9th. 

“Habitat for Humanity-Corpus Christi does great work for the people in our community, especially by providing them with a hand up on earning their financial independence,” said Catrina Wilson, President & CEO of United Way of the Coastal Bend. “As we all saw with Hurricane Harvey, sometimes things in life happen that seem like too much to handle alone. When we work together like this, we build up our community as a whole.”

Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical non-profit, brings people together to strengthen communities by building the hope and homes of people in need. By committing to the required 300-500 hours of “sweat equity,” Habitat homeowners earn a place they can call home and a 25-30 year interest-free mortgage. The lasting result is the strength, stability and independence needed for them to live a better life with decreased dependence on social services, improved mental health and better academic achievement in children. The homeowners supported by United Way of the Coastal Bend’s gift weren’t insured when the hurricane hit and were denied by FEMA. 

“Habitat is truly honored to have received the $40,000 grant. It’s our privilege to partner with United Way of Coastal Bend in helping families in need. This partnership has not only helped the families, it has brought a community together – neighbor helping neighbor,” said Carol Gomez, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity-Corpus Christi. 

About one dozen volunteers from Asset-Based Community Development worked on two of the roofs. The other five have been covered by Pinnacle Roofing. Each roofing project took approximately one week to complete.

View United Way of the Coastal Bend's video and get to know the owner of the seventh home, Ms. Rodriguez. 

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