THDA Awards Habitat Nashville $1 Million Challenge Grant for Carter Work Project
Ralph Perrey, executive director of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA), announced a $1 million challenge grant in support of Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The 2019 Carter Work Project will be hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville in the north Nashville neighborhood of Park Preserve Oct. 6-11, 2019.
Perrey issued the challenge grant to kickoff fundraising for the Carter Work Project in Nashville next year. Perrey joined Nashville Mayor David Briley and Habitat of Greater Nashville President and CEO Danny Herron to talk about plans for the upcoming Carter Work Project, its impact on the city of Nashville, and the affordable housing challenges facing our community.
According to Herron, sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will serve a total of 58 Nashville families. Twenty new single-family homes will be built during the Carter Work Project week in October. An additional 12 new single family homes and 26 new townhomes will be constructed by 2021 with support of funding raised for the project.
“Habitat’s decision to bring the Carter Work Project to Tennessee for the second time in four years is a testament to the strength and vitality of Habitat for Humanity in Tennessee, and Habitat’s Nashville organization in particular,” says Perrey. “We are excited to partner with Habitat of Greater Nashville for this challenge grant. We hope this money will inspire other entities to join this incredibly worthwhile project that will transform the landscape of this Nashville neighborhood and expand affordable housing in Tennessee’s fastest growing city.”
The 2019 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project is coming to Nashville!
Nashville has been chosen as the host city for Habitat for Humanity’s 2019 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, Danny Herron, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, announced. The historic occasion will take place Oct. 6-11, 2019, and the Carters, along with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood and hundreds of volunteers, will spend the week building 20 new homes in partnership with families in the north Nashville neighborhood of Park Preserve. Park Preserve is a 42-acre Habitat developed neighborhood with 93 homes. It will have 175 homes when it is complete. An additional 12 new single family homes and 26 new townhomes will be constructed by 2021 with support of funding raised for the project for a total of 58 families served.
“It is such an honor to host a former President of the United States and his wife, especially such a notable couple who have done so much humanitarian work on behalf of affordable homeownership, not just in the United States but around the world,” said Herron. “We are excited about the opportunity to work alongside the Carters, hundreds of volunteers who may be visiting Nashville for the first time, and all of the future homeowners.”
Affordable housing is an urgent topic in Nashville. According to the latest Housing Report from the Davidson County Mayor’s office, more than 200,000 people living in Nashville cannot afford the cost of housing. Nashville has lost over 20 percent of its affordable housing since 2000. By 2026, it is projected that Nashville will need an additional 30,000 affordable housing units. The Carter Work Project will increase Habitat of Greater Nashville’s capacity to make a significant impact on affordable housing for years to come, says Herron.
Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have been champions and strong voices for affordable housing, donating their time and leadership each year to build and improve homes around the world with Habitat for Humanity. Inspiring millions, more than 100,000 volunteers have worked with the Carters in 14 countries to improve access to affordable housing. Habitat of Greater Nashville and the city of Nashville are thrilled to be a part of this special project.
“It’s an honor to have this prestigious project come to Nashville,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “Working alongside the Carters, I know Nashville’s caring community will show our warm and friendly Southern hospitality, and we look forward to welcoming all the visitors who will join us for this worthy initiative.”
For more information about sponsor opportunities, contact Lauren Lane Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org.