Habitat for Humanity receives housing achievement award

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The S.C. State Housing Finance and Development Authority recently honored Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County for its work in fostering neighborhood improvement and creating affordable housing today.

Habitat received the 2014 S.C. Housing Achievement Award on today at a luncheon in Columbia during the Affordable Housing Forum. The awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions in the state’s affordable housing arena.

Last fiscal year, 1,541 volunteers participated with Habitat Greenville, contributing more than 19,000 hours of service. In 2013, Habitat Greenville and its funding partners made a total investment of $1.2 million in Greenville County and Habitat homeowners paid County property tax revenue of $142,974.

"We are deeply honored to be receiving this award," said Monroe Free, President/CEO of Habitat Greenville. "But the real honor goes to the families Habitat Greenville has helped over the past 29 years who committed themselves to becoming successful homeowners – and to the volunteers and donors who help us make home ownership possible for working families with low income."

Habitat for Humanity was nominated by Martin Livingston, executive director of the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority.

(Pictured: Jake Williams, construction superintendent with Habitat for Humanity, shows the Jackson Marketing Group team how to install siding during the second shift.)