Local service project builds 58 homes - Tucson News Now

Local service project to build 58 homes

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Home Depot Foundation hosted an all-day service project today to help make a difference for a local nonprofit organization.

More than 425 volunteers from The Home Depot Foundation, The Home Depot Decor Departments and their vendor partners, and organizers from Habitat for Humanity Tucson helped start the building of what will be 58 Habitat homes in Habitat Tucson's Copper Vista neighborhood.

Amanda Thomas with Habitat for Humanity Tucson said all 58 homes are expected to be completed in two years. Volunteers work four days per week, and each home takes between nine and 12 months to complete. One home was finished and dedicated today, Thomas said.

According to a news release, the volunteers have been working on 14 houses and 19 projects in the development, and made improvements with wall raisings, landscaping and playground installation.

The Home Depot Foundation hosts 12 Community Building Invitationals annually, which also serves as the operation's largest funding source.

Habitat Tucson is Southern Arizona's first homebuilder to be a recipient of the Gold standard for Regional Sustainability and a receiver of The Home Depot Foundations Partners in Sustainability grant program.

In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation and Habitat for Humanity launched a joint program called Repair Corps to remodel homes of U.S. military veterans. Nearly 200 homes have been renovated since the program's inception.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity Tucson, contact Amanda Thomas at (520) 909-3777. Inquiries about The Home Depot Foundation can be directed to Catherine Woodling at (770) 384-2304.

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