ALCOA Inc. donates land for seven Blount County Habitat for Humanity homes
From Staff Reports
In celebration of ALCOA Inc.’s 100 years of operation in East Tennessee, the company has donated seven lots in the city of Alcoa to Blount County Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat, which is celebrating 20 years in the community, plans to break ground on June 5 and have seven homes completed by June 2014.
ALCOA’s land grant is in part to recognize “tremendous” service that Blount Habitat provides for the community as well as to give back to a community that has supported the company for a century, according to a company news release. ALCOA Inc. hopes this grant will help inspire future progress in the area of green design and building and foster an even safer environment on every Habitat work site.
“Our in-kind gift to Blount Habitat is to honor the commitment they have made to this community since 1992,” said Ken McMillen, ALCOA Tennessee Operations Location Manager. “The 130 homes they have built have provided families with the dignity of home ownership, which is invaluable.”
“This gift from Alcoa is a tremendous opportunity, not just for us and the people who will be served, but also for additional partners to get involved,” said Tony Gibbons, Blount County Habitat for Humanity President and CEO. “We are looking forward to seeing new faces brought into the fold to experience what building a Habitat home is like.”
Valued at just under $100,000, ALCOA’s gift is the largest land donation Habitat has received from a local entity. The agency also received $50,000 in grant funds from ALCOA Foundation toward increasing safety standards and elevating green building practices.
Energy efficiency and environmental stewardship are taken seriously by Habitat. With this project the organization hopes to earn the distinction of building the first LEED-certified homes in Blount County, providing a benchmark for construction companies.
When completed, the families will have homes with lower utilities usage, more durable materials, and greater sustainability. The two grant awards will also allow Habitat to enhance its construction safety practices to an above-standard level.
Up until 2010, Blount Habitat only did new construction, but now the organization is staying ahead of the curve and broadening its impact in the affordable housing community through its partnership with the Housing Repair Collaborative. The seven homes will also introduce a new look to the exterior of the homes, giving them a more modernized appearance.