Habitat for Humanity Hawai’i Island Marks One-Month Anniversary
July 1, 2017, marked the first official day of Habitat for Humanity Hawai‘i Island, following a merge between Habitat for Humanity West Hawai‘i and Hale Aloha O Hilo Habitat for Humanity.
The two affiliates have been working on the merger since they decided that to serve more families on Hawai‘i Island, the best option was to form a united partnership that would allow them to combine resources to build more homes for more families.
“We are extremely thrilled to merge forces with Hale Aloha O Hilo Habitat and unite the island under one Habitat for Humanity mission,” said Executive Director Patrick Hurney. “Our goal is to build strength, stability and self-reliance, and this will allow us to serve more families in need and end the cycle of poverty by providing homeownership opportunities across the island. Our vision is for Hawai’‘i Island to be a place where everyone has a decent home to live.”
Together, the two affiliates have built 46 homes all across the island and served 85 families.
Habitat Hawai’i Island will now take on the September Blitz Build, building 10 homes in 10 days in the Kealakehe neighborhood of La‘i ‘Opua.
In addition to building new homes in Hilo, Habitat Hawai’i Island will also expand the current ReStore location on the East side of the Big Island in the coming months.
There will also be new volunteer and job opportunities for the local community.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity Hawai’i Island, visit www.habitathawaiiisland.org.
About Habitat for Humanity Hawai’i Island
Habitat for Humanity Hawai‘i Island is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global, nonprofit housing organization. Habitat Hawai‘i Island works with low-income families to help them build a safe, decent and affordable place that they can call home. Habitat Hawai‘i Island is volunteer-driven and relies on donations and grants to purchase materials needed to build homes in partnership with low-income families. To date, Habitat Hawai’i Island has completed 46 news homes and 24 Neighborhood Revitalization Projects.