NEW ORLEANS — On April 25, the New Orleans Space Habitat for Humanity obtained a test for $218,160 from the Groovy Caring & Giving Fund to assist the nonprofit’s rebuilding efforts in Jefferson Parish. Habitat is within the midst of a $4.5 million effort to rebuild 40 to 60 properties within the city of Jean Lafitte, 20 miles southwest of New Orleans. The Groovy Caring & Giving Fund has awarded grants to roughly 30 households within the space.
The Habitat properties in Lafitte are being constructed to a Fortified gold commonplace for housing, that means that they’re elevated no less than 12 toes, have bigger joists, strengthened roofs, hurricane straps and different options that make them much less weak to flooding and hurricane-force winds.
“Our firms, W&B Service Firm and Superior Trailer Gross sales, have been bringing associates, prospects and distributors to Griffin Fishing Charters & Lodge since round 2008,” mentioned W&B Service Firm CEO Tracey Maynor. “The neighborhood has all the time made us really feel welcome; Laffite and Barataria are our dwelling away from dwelling. When Hurricane Ida hit and we noticed the catastrophic injury to the realm, there was by no means a query. We had to assist. That assist got here from many instructions: our associates, prospects, suppliers and workers stepped up in an enormous approach financially. I really feel blessed that the Groovy Caring and Giving Fund was the automobile during which so many donated.”
The properties had been designed in partnership with Rural Studio, an Auburn College-based design group whose mission is to allow sustainable, healthful rural dwelling by each housing and important techniques to make sure communities thrive. Rural Studio has labored for nearly 40 years in south Alabama and northwest Florida.
Different main companions of the rebuilding effort embrace Provider, which can present HVAC techniques for every Habitat dwelling in Lafitte, and Tracey Maynor, proprietor of Jean Lafitte-based Griffin Fishing Charters.
“Catastrophe rebuilding is a long-term course of,” mentioned Marguerite Oestreicher, Habitat govt director. “Assist from funders just like the Groovy Caring & Giving Fund are important to the success of this endeavor and to make sure this historic and hard-working neighborhood thrives for generations to come back.”