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Habitat of Greater Nashville demonstrates unwavering passion
In 1985, Nashville leaders decided to be a part of the extraordinary ministry of the national Habitat for Humanity movement. With only a handful of volunteers, it often took up to a year to complete one house, but the positive effects were clear and the volunteer passion was unwavering. The agency hired its first staff in 1985. Under the leadership of former CEO Chris McCarthy, it took 15 years to build the first 100 homes, four years for the second 100, two and half years for the third 100, and just under two years for the fourth 100 homes. By 2012, and under the leadership of current President and CEO Danny Herron, Habitat celebrated its 500th house build, expanded its service area to cover four counties, and continues to win numerous awards for home construction, innovation, and stewardship.
• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Habitat of Greater Nashville the 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year.
• Habitat of Greater Nashville was named the 19th largest builder in Middle Tennessee by MarketGraphics Research Group. This means more families have the opportunity for quality, affordable homes. Habitat of Greater Nashville is also in the top 30 of more than 1,400 national Habitat affiliates in number of homes built.
• Habitat of Greater Nashville received the 2012 Metropolitan Historical Commission Historic Preservation Award for the second consecutive year for its historic renovation of a 103-year-old home in East Nashville’s Cleveland Park neighborhood, historically known as the Lassiter House. The house was seized by the Department of Justice in connection with the prosecution of a major crime ring in 2007. Habitat renovated the home with help from Historic Nashville, Inc., Home Depot, Gresham, Smith and Partners, Vintage Millworks and MDHA.
• In 2011, Habitat for Humanity International presented Habitat of Greater Nashville the Malachi Award for tithing contributions. Habitat of Greater Nashville consistently ranks in the top tier of national affiliates in tithe.
• Habitat homeowners contribute more than $600,000 annually in property taxes.
• In Tennessee, Habitat for Humanity affiliates generate a total annual economic impact equivalent to more than 1,500 full-time full-year jobs. Habitat’s total annual earnings impact in Tennessee is estimated to be approximately $55.7 million.