November 29, 2018
Columbia women has a new home thanks to Nissan and Habitat for Humanity
As part of a long-standing partnership with Nissan North America, Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury has received a $70,000 grant this month as part of a $1 million donation to support local Habitats across the United States.
Each year, for the last 12 years, Nissan has sponsored and volunteer-built a home for the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. This year’s build began on Oct. 4 on 915 E. End St. in Columbia for future homeowner Debbie Fleming.
In December, the home will be sold to Fleming with an affordable mortgage, just in time for her to move in for Christmas.
“Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury is honored to have Nissan as one of our most generous and loyal partners,” said Becket Moore, Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury executive director.
“Nissan embraces community, and we at Habitat are both honored and grateful to be associated with such a socially-conscious organization,” Moore continued. “Thank you, Nissan, for your contribution to our affiliate and for your commitment to Habitat for Humanity.”
“There is a growing need for affordable housing across the U.S.,” said Andrew Tavi, Nissan division vice president, Corporate & External Affairs. “Nissan values its partnership with Habitat for Humanity because it helps build sustainable communities where our employees live and work. We look forward to working alongside future homeowners, and their experiences affirm our corporate vision to enrich people’s lives.”
In the last six years, an estimated 300 volunteers from Nissan’s corporate office in Franklin donated their time to build homes.
Nissan has contributed more than $15.5 million to Habitat nationally since the partnership began in 2005, when Nissan donated 50 trucks and mobilized employees to assist in home building following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast region.
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.
Nissan has continued its support through the years by donating an additional 96 vehicles and building 86 homes across the U.S. Nissan’s employees have logged more than 100,000 volunteer hours with Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries.
Habitat for Humanity of Williamson and Maury counties was fully incorporated as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International on Dec. 5, 1992. The organization has built 235 homes in Williamson and Maury Counties and continue to build 10-12 new homes per year. Home construction, critical repair and neighborhood development services are funded through tax-deductible financial contributions and from local businesses, churches, civic organizations and individuals along with profits generated from their affiliate, ReStore.
Homes built by Habitat are not given away, and partner families must complete a homebuyer’s education program and earn at least 200 hours of “sweat equity” by working on their home and the homes of others. After a thorough qualification process, applicants are selected based on three criteria: the need for affordable housing, the ability to pay the mortgage and the willingness to partner.
Completed homes are sold with an affordable mortgage to the families, helping build the strength, stability and independence to build a better life.