Through a competitive grant process, HomeAid America was awarded grants for its programs which: 1) focus on improving the energy efficiency of the shelters it builds for homelessness care providers, and 2) assist these agencies which focus on helping homeless military veterans.
The first grant of $50,000 for the Environments For Living® program, an initiative of Masco Home Services, Inc. that offers professional services to support regional and national home builders in applying building science and energy-efficient construction practices in the field. HomeAid will use this money, working through its local chapters, to assist non-profit homelessness agencies in California, Colorado, and Northern Virginia, to conduct energy efficiency programs. This EFL program has been very successfully implemented through HomeAid’s Environmental Sustainability Program over the past three years, resulting in a 38% reduction in energy costs for the Service Providers.
The second $50,000 grant was made possible through Masco’s America’s Heroes: A Million Thanks” veteran initiative, which is targeting more than $1 million in support to over 50 veteran-focused organizations that provide affordable and physically accessible housing: education, job training and employment initiatives;
“The mission of HomeAid America clearly aligns with the objectives of our veteran initiative, and we are proud to support its efforts,” said Timothy Wadhams, President & CEO of Masco Corporation, in the December award letter. “Masco values the service and sacrifice of our U.S. veterans, military troops and their families, and is committed to supporting housing solutions for our nation’s heroes.”
HomeAid America CEO Peter Simons said, “Our partnership with Masco and its Environments For Living® program has been incredible over the past several years, and this latest showing of generosity is just amazing. We will work hard to see that these grants are put to good use to help organizations helping the homeless around the country. This year is HomeAid’s 25th Anniversary, and we recently surpassed $200 million in housing built for the homeless over this period. With wonderful partners like Masco, we hope to continue building for those in need in our community for years to come.”
About Masco and its Foundation
The Masco Corporation Foundation supports not-for-profits arts, culture, housing and environmental initiatives. Additionally, the Foundation makes limited grants to a number of very specific civic, educational and human service programs in the communities where it does business. The Masco Corporation Foundation was founded in 1952 and is funded with contributions from Masco Corporation. Masco Corporation, parent company of Masco Home Services, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of home improvement and building products. Its brands include Behr® paint; Delta® and Hansgrohe® faucets, bath and shower fixtures, KraftMaid® and Merillat ® cabinets; and Milgard® windows and doors, to name a few. Masco is also a leading provider of services that include the installation of insulation and other building products through Masco Contractor Services. Visit www.masco.com for more information on the Masco family of brands and its Foundation.
About HomeAid America
HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals with 15 chapters in 10 states across the country. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed 360 housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $200 million, of which nearly 50 percent has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 25 additional projects in development across the country as it enters its 25th Anniversary year in 2014. HomeAid’s facilities offer 2.7 million bed-nights annually and have helped over 190,000 previously homeless people over the years. For more information about HomeAid, call 1-888-3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org