Columbia County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Brenda Adams announced today that the Hudson River Bank & Trust (HRBT) Foundation has awarded Habitat a 3-year grant totaling $30,000. Habitat will receive $10,000 a year from the Foundation for the next three years.
“The HRBT Foundation has been one of Habitat’s staunchest supporters,” Adams said, “and we’re honored to receive this renewed commitment to building economically sustainable, affordable housing for working families in Columbia County.”
HRBT Foundation Director Carl Florio said, “Columbia County Habitat’s innovative Columbia Passive Townhouses are adding a new dimension of affordability through their significant energy-saving design and operation. We’re pleased to make a multi-year grant to advance Habitat’s efforts to develop a cost-effective, volunteer-friendly template for Passive House construction.”
The Hudson River Bank & Trust Company Foundation is a private foundation that concentrates its grant making on education, youth development, arts and culture, historic preservation, health care, human services and community development.
Sara McWilliams, President of Columbia County Habitat, noted, “In a time of reduced funding resources and increased needs among non-profit organizations, HRBT’s long-term investment in Habitat is especially gratifying.”
Habitat is currently completing the construction of two new Passive Townhouses at 210-212 Columbia Street in Hudson, the second pair of Habitat homes designed by BarlisWedlick Architects, LLC, incorporating Passive House design and construction standards. The use of high performance technology and materials produces dramatic energy savings over the life of the home, slashing heating use and costs by 90% and overall energy consumption by 70%. The new homes are the second of three case studies Columbia County Habitat has undertaken to develop a cost-effective, volunteer-friendly building template for high energy performance affordable housing.
The new Passive Townhouses are the 17th and 18th homes built by Habitat volunteers and partner families. Since its founding in 1993, Columbia County Habitat has returned $2 million of developed property to county and local tax rolls while purchasing $1.5 million in local goods and services. Habitat operates the ReStore, which sells donated new and gently-used furniture, appliances, building materials and more, to encourage recycling and reuse as well as generate funds to support construction. This year, the ReStore is expected to contribute $50,000 to Habitat building programs.
Organizations, businesses, schools, community groups and individuals who would like to volunteer with Columbia County Habitat on the construction site or at the ReStore can visit http://www.columbiacountyhabitat.org or contact Sara and Barry McWilliams, Volunteer Coordinators, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo caption: Pictured in the kitchen of one of Columbia County Habitat’s two new Passive Townhouses on Columbia Street in Hudson are, l-r, Habitat President Sara McWilliams, Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams and HRBT Foundation Board members Marilyn Herrington and Holly Rappleyea. Photo credit: Joanne Stiles