Why We’re Partnering with Local Habitat for Humanity Affiliates
We’re partnering with local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity this holiday season to use our business as a force for good—a key aspect of our mission—while supporting their mission to provide housing for folks in need.
We chose our partners, the Green Mountain and Dutchess County Habitat for Humanity affiliates, to support their remarkable work: Building high-efficiency, low-cost homes for low-income working families who live in substandard (unsafe/overcrowded/unaffordable) apartments and who can’t afford to buy a home on the open market. They build the homes using volunteers whenever possible (trained and supervised of course!) and sell the homes at the cost to buy the land and build the home.
SunCommon believes that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and a brighter future. For many, that means a safe and affordable place to live. With this in mind, SunCommon and our Habitat for Humanity partners have come together to help get more folks in a home they can call their own.
Because so many jobs are relatively low-wage, many people either pay more than 30% of their income on rent or live in unsafe/overcrowded apartments or live with family or friends. Living paycheck to paycheck, the “working poor” lack the opportunity to have a stable and healthy life and make tough decisions about how to buy necessities after paying their rent. Children are severely impacted by unsafe conditions and the need to move whenever the rent increases and have difficulties in school.
Benefits of Decent, Perpetually Affordable and Energy Efficient Housing
One of our partners, Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, builds on average 6 homes a year for low-income working families who live in unsafe or unaffordable apartments and who can’t afford to buy a home on the open market. These homes are all built to be highly energy efficient homes, because spending less on energy gives each family more of their paychecks for food, education, medical and other necessities. Each home is certified by Efficiency Vermont and rated “Energy Star Certified”, “Indoor airPLUS Certified” and “Efficiency Vermont Certified, Level 2.0.”
All you have to do is look into solar with us this winter, and we’ll donate $20 to your local Habitat affiliate. Now is a great time to look into solar—get in before the end of the year and you’re eligible for a 30% federal tax credit!
Gingerbread Houses for Humanity
During the holidays, it’s easy to take the comfort of home for granted. But too many people go without stable housing situations. That’s why we’re partnering with Habitat for Humanity. For every person who signs up for a free solar assessment this holiday season, we will donate $20 to Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity builds high-quality, high-efficiency housing for people in need.
We’ll donate to Habitat for Humanity to build housing for folks in need.
Enjoy your solar savings and feel good about building a more resilient community!