Raise the Roof on a Habitat for Humanity Home in Louisville

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Volunteer Feb. 6, 7 or 8 and help build a Portland neighborhood home for Angel Richardson who is working to fulfill her dream of home ownership.


Do you want to help KentuckyOne Health build a healthier community? You can do so quite literally by volunteering Feb. 6, 7 or 8 to raise the roof on a Habitat for Humanity home in Louisville. 

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who has signed up! All the slots have been filled, except for Thursday afternoon, Feb. 6, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. More volunteers are needed during this time. The virtual sign-up is closed; call Habitat’s Volunteer Coordinator Megan Lister at 502.805.1665.

KentuckyOne is sponsoring the build of a Portland neighborhood home for Angel Richardson, a Smoketown resident who is working to fulfill her dream of home ownership for herself and her 18-year-old son, Laquindrick. We need 10 people to volunteer each day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No special building skills are needed (but are always valued) and your family members over age 18 are welcome to join in.

Elvin Rayford, Louisville division director of facilities management, is serving as a crew leader, along with his colleagues Steve Amsler, Steve Humphries and Jay Wheeler. If you’d like to join them in this important endeavor, you can sign up to volunteer at this Habitat website: vhub.at/kyone.

Why is KentuckyOne Supporting This Effort?

Safe, affordable housing is absolutely foundational to good health! “The fact is that the number that is the most important in determining a person's health outcome and life expectancy is not BMI, blood pressure or age … it is zip code, it is where you live,” said Alice Bridges, vice president of healthy communities. “By supporting Habitat for Humanity, KentuckyOne is moving beyond asking ‘how can we promote healthy behaviors?’ and instead asking ‘how can we change social norms and the environment to ensure healthy places where people can thrive?’" 

Habitat is not a giveaway program. Each family pays a 20-year, no-interest mortgage, completes 400 hours of sweat equity, including homeownership classes and building the homes of others and their own, and must have an acceptable credit history. The impact of providing the opportunity for home ownership is enormous, not just for families but the whole community. For example, children of low-income homeowners are 116 percent more likely to graduate from college than children of low-income renters; they are 50 percent less likely to rely on welfare as an adult.

CHI Direct Community Investment Lends a Hand

To support Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s efforts to prevent violence by creating safer neighborhoods in our city’s urban core, in 2013 KentuckyOne Health secured a $250,000 low-interest loan from Catholic Health Initiatives’ Direct Community Investment Program to build five new Habitat homes in the Smoketown and Portland neighborhoods. 

Through this program, CHI provides low-interest loans to organizations that give disadvantaged people access to jobs, housing, education and health care. The loan to Habitat for Humanity has just a one percent interest rate over five years, providing a significant resource to transform the distressed neighborhoods. Since 1999, the CHI program has invested more than $44 million in the United States and beyond.

To Learn More

If you have questions or want more information about the Feb. 6-8 Habitat for Humanity project, please contact Megan Lister, Habitat’s volunteer coordinator, at mlister@louisvillehabitat.org or 502.805.1665.