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Publix Partners with York County Habitat to Build Affordable Housing

Publix Super Markets Charities contributed $80,000 to Habitat for Humanity of York County to build a new home in partnership with a homebuyer in need of decent and affordable housing. Publix’s associates will partner with Meka and raise the walls of the first of four homes to be built by York County Habitat in 2017. Additionally, the affiliate will complete 37 home repair projects as well. Publix’s associates officially launched construction of the home at a kickoff event held Wednesday, February 22 at 11:00 AM at 1635 Pineburr Lane in Rock Hill.

“Every family deserves an opportunity to have a roof over their heads and food on their table,” said Carol Jenkins Barnett, President of Publix Super Markets Charities. “My father established our foundation in 1966 with a strong desire to see our communities thrive. Fifty years later, we’re still honoring his legacy. We are delighted to support Habitat for Humanity affiliates across Publix’s footprint by giving $5.5 million to this very important cause.”  

As the homebuyer, Meka will work side-by-side with Publix’s associates and other Habitat volunteers to put in some 250 hours of sweat equity. At the home dedication she will receive the keys to her home as well as an affordable mortgage that will not exceed 30% of her income.

Habitat for Humanity's Executive Director, Tim Veeck states, "Habitat seeks to create affordable homeownership options for first time homebuyers". Veeck further stated, "There is a severe lack of affordable housing in York County, a problem we as a community need to address".

Habitat builds strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter with families. We believe everyone deserves a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat is looking for individuals, businesses, faith groups, civic and social organizations to partner with in meeting the desperate need for decent and affordable housing in York County.
 
WHAT: Publix Build Kick-off

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22, at 11:00 AM

WHERE: 1635 Pineburr St., Rock Hill, SC

WHO: Meka Hardy-Holmes, Habitat future homebuyer;
                Tim Veeck, Executive Director;
                Publix Associates                

About Habitat for Humanity of York County
Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, since 1976, Habitat has helped more than 9.8 million people meet their affordable housing needs. In fiscal year 2016, Habitat improved the housing conditions of 3 million people through new home construction, rehabilitation, incremental improvements, repairs or increased access to improved shelter through partnerships with the private sector. In addition, nearly 2.1 million people now have the potential to improve their housing conditions as a result of Habitat’s advocacy efforts, which changed policies and systems to allow more access to shelter solutions, and because of our provision of information and training in construction, financial management and other housing-related topics. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat for Humanity of York County has partnered locally with 64 families through new home construction or rehabs and 77 families through home repair projects. 

About Publix
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 189,500 employees, with 2015 sales of $32.4 billion. Currently Publix has 1,139 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of Fortune’s "100 Best Companies to Work for in America" for 19 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.

Contact:
Ben Gair, Director of Development
Phone: 803-985-9244 or Cell: 716-997-7732
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