Morris Habitat Gets Help from Local Company
Morris Habitat for Humanity Gets Much Needed Help
From ICC Lowe
Randolph, NJ: Morris Habitat for Humanity is always pleased to have new groups assist in building safe and affordable housing and now they have found a new partner in ICC Lowe. The company, located in Parsippany, was established more than 25 years ago to integrate three core disciplines – medical, marketing, and creativity.
The company’s first day out helping Morris Habitat took place at Stickland Place in Madison with seven (7) employees braving the cold to put their hands to good use. This project is a joint venture with the Madison Affordable Housing Corporation and the Madison Housing Authority to build three new 3-bedroom single-family homes to be sold to moderate-income qualified applicants. Each house will have a one-car garage, two full bathrooms and gas-fired heating, hot water and central air conditioning. The houses will be accessible, handicapped-adaptable and ENERGY STAR certified for energy efficiency. Green or reusable building materials will be used whenever feasible.
Inspired by hearing about the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, ICC Lowe, the healthcare arm of Interpublic Group’s Lowe & Partners, decided to reach out locally to see what they could do. The employees felt that they would rather do volunteer work than have their yearly company sponsored luncheon! Morris Habitat looks forward to continuing to work with this wonderful group in the future.
The total cost of the Strickland Place project is approximately $1,304,237. Madison has contributed $437,000 from its Affordable Housing Trust Fund (provided by developers, NOT taxpayers) for property acquisition and clean-up to partially satisfy their affordable housing obligation mandated by COAH. The remaining $867,237 will be raised through the collaborative efforts of the Madison Affordable Housing Corporation and Morris Habitat for Humanity through grants, donations of materials and services, and various fundraising events. So far, fuunding includes a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a HOME grant through Morris County,and a Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) grant from HUD. Tishman Speyer is donating lumber milled from the 2012 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Pro bono professional services have been contributed by attorney Sean Monaghan, Esq., from Drinker Biddle & Reath; Madison architect Chris Kellogg; engineer Fred Stewart; and planner Bruce Katona.
To learn more about the project or sponsorship opportunities, please call Nina McCormack, Director of Development, at 973-891-1934 or Nina.Mccormack@morrishabitat.org.
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