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North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity selected as HUD grant recipient

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North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity has been selected by Habitat for Humanity International to receive a portion of a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Habitat for Humanity International is distributing the grant nationwide to 30 affiliates to support affordable housing and community development. The funding will be awarded under HUD’s Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program.

“It is a great privilege to be one of the 30 recipients of this nationwide capacity building effort,” said Nathan Thompson, North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director. “We will be strengthening our infrastructure to better serve families in need of affordable homes at our current rate of five homes per year over the next two years before growing to serve six families by 2013.”
Habitat affiliates selected to receive a portion of the grant will help rebuild and revitalize neighborhoods and improve the lives of residents by creating affordable housing opportunities through community development. Each affiliate is expected to increase their house production by at least 15 percent over three years and to match their grant funds by a ratio of 4:1. The selected affiliates will also have access to continuing education to enhance their technical and administrative capabilities.

“We are grateful to HUD for supporting our efforts in local communities,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “Funding from this grant will leverage private funds to help Habitat affiliates revitalize communities and provide opportunities for families to live in healthy, safe and affordable homes.”

Habitat for Humanity International began receiving HUD grants in 1998. Habitat affiliates have received $58 million in Section 4 HUD funding since 2003. Nearly 380 affiliates nationwide have benefited from the grants.

The grant provides funding for North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity to hire a high impact staff person to increase its capacity over the next three years. Tom Long joined the local Habitat staff as the organization’s first Resource Development Manager on October 10th. Tom has a broad background in administration of non-for-Profit and for-profit organizations; he has a B.S. in Christian Ministries Administration from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, MN and a Business Administration degree from Walsh University in N. Canton, Ohio. Tom’s responsibilities will include community relations, developing partnerships with area businesses, churches and non-profit organizations as well as volunteer recruitment and coordination. Tom and his wife Lois (Tamminen) enjoy their lake home on Long Lake just south of Eveleth.

Photo: Tom Long (left) Nathan Thompson (right)