Making an Impact: CAHEC at Work
July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

2016 Open Doors Homeownership Grant Recipients

2016 Open Doors Homeownership Grant Recipients

The Open Doors Homeownership Grant is an annual competition offered to nonprofit entities engaging in the development of affordable housing for sale to low-income households living in areas that CAHEC serves. In 2016, CAHEC awarded three grants totaling $50,000 to the following organizations:

Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, Florida

The Villages, Florida – $25,000

For the past 27 years, Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, Florida, Inc. has completed over 222 homes in their area. Their project – a Veteran’s Village in Umatilla, FL – is currently underway and will eventually be home to 16 military families. The homes are reserved for active military, spouses/widows of those who have served, and/or veterans with honorable discharges. One home site will be also used as a “Veterans Park and Garden” with dock access to the local lake; another will house an office for a local partnership – Combat Veterans to Careers – which will offer support services to the residents living in the village. Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter used CAHEC’s Open Doors Homeownership Grant funds to assist with architecture, engineering, legal, administration, and infrastructure costs associated with the construction of the Veteran’s Village.

The Housing Partnership, Inc.

Louisville, KY  – $15,000

Since 1990, The Housing Partnership, Inc. (HPI) has yielded 9,776 affordable houses and apartments throughout the state of Kentucky. In 2014, they began collaborating with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville and Park Springs Construction on the Park Springs subdivision, where 96 mixed-income single-family homes are currently being built. There is demand for quality, affordable housing in this area because of its proximity to major local employers such as the Kentucky Ford Motor Truck Assembly Plant and Norton Healthcare. The Park Springs subdivision will give these workforce employees an opportunity to purchase a home in the area near where they work. HPI used CAHEC’s Open Doors Homeownership Grant funding to install green and efficient features to reduce monthly bills, including tankless water heaters, programmable thermostats, WaterSense plumbing features, and Energy Star appliances.

Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity

Murfreesboro, TN – $10,000

In 1989, Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity took the lead on transforming neighborhoods within Rutherford County, TN, by purchasing and demolishing dilapidated houses and building new Habitat homes. Since then, they’ve successfully completed 137 homes which has made a tremendously positive impact on their evolving community. Their current project includes building eight new construction homes in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and LaVergne, TN. Homebuyers in this project will have access to public transportation, jobs, and grant opportunities to attend community college for free. Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity used CAHEC’s Open Doors Homeownership Grant funding to build each home to Energy Star Certification Standards, which includes thermal enclosure, heating, cooling, ventilation, and water management systems. The funding was also used to ensure each home is equipped with Indoor airPLUS Qualifications and Home Energy Rating Certifications.