We are excited to announce a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Stanislaus County for the completion of four solar projects to four families in great need of energy assistance. It is great to be a part of an organization so committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by providing low-income families with the opportunity to build equity into and ultimately own their own home. Light For All has been commissioned to donate solar systems for four families qualified by Habitat for Humanity. These families were picked by Habitat based on many factors, including an immediate need for energy assistance. While each particular family has their own unique story and need, they all have a need to conserve resources and energy, and eliminate some of their electricity bills in order to cover other vital, basic needs.
The commissioning of these solar systems is a great opportunity to support families in dire need of assistance, but also creates an opportunity to respond to a national Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI). According to Habitat For Humanity, “the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative was designed to help U.S. affiliates as they work to transform neighborhoods using a holistic approach. Habitat affiliates are joining residents, nonprofits, businesses, local governments and communities of faith to create and implement a shared vision of revitalization.” Habitat points to the nationwide economic crisis as a critical motivator for the Initiative, particularly because low-income families have faced not only foreclosures, abandonment, and home-maintenance issues, but also the variety of problems that surface as a result. In short, these families and communities are suffering.
Through the NRI, Habitat For Humanity will come alongside current projects by partnering with other community members, companies, and organizations, in order to accomplish the following tasks: the establishment of new, energy-efficient house construction, the rehabilitation of vacant and foreclosed properties, house repairs for existing low-income homeowners, and the weatherization to make existing houses more energy-efficient and affordable. This effort will not only sustain current homes in need of revitalization, but also save energy and money for the homeowners themselves by cutting energy costs.
You can learn more about the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative by going to Habitat For Humanity’s national website at: http://www.habitat.org/neighborhood and http://www.habitat.org/lc/gov/affreff/nri_default.aspx.
With this new initiative, Light For All is excited to be one of the nonprofit organizations selected to collaborate with Habitat For Humanity to revitalize Stanislaus’ low-income community. This community focus, rather than a single-home focus, aligns with LFAF’s mission to holistically engage in the elimination of poverty in our community. LFAF will do this through energy efficiency, specifically solar energy. Solar energy not only covers electricity costs for families, but also uniquely alleviates some of the consequential factors of low-income families’ inability to cover electricity costs, such as a higher risk of sickness, and statistical findings of child developmental issues related to energy needs. See our Energy Needs Statistics for more information on these disturbing factors at http://lfaf.org/about-2/low-income-stats/.
Please consider partnering with LFAF to eliminate poverty in your community. To find out more, please visit our Donation page. With your help, we can eliminate poverty in our community, one solar panel at a time.