Bowling Green's Habitat for Humanity Builds Eco Friendly Community

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) -- General Motors is partnering with Habitat for Humanity, providing the largest donation the non profit group has ever received.

Today kicks off day one of the fourteen acre Durbin Estates property project. Volunteers from Bowling Green's GM plant assisted in preparing the Powell family's well deserved home.

"This will be the first of forty four, both single family detached, as well as town homes. All homes will be energy efficient, sustainable, along with walking trails and a rain garden. Possibly even a community center and a gazebo," said Mary Shearer, Executive Director of Bowling Green's Habitat for Humanity.

This new neighborhood, located off W. 12th Avenue, is funded through a $1.5 million grant from General Motors, Bowling Green will receive $80,000. Volunteers from the GM plant will continue working on this project until it's complete.

"Achieving that American dream, you know? We are all very blessed for what we have, so to be able to help somebody else out is really special," said Jeff Lamarche, Plant Manager of General Motors.

The homes in the new community are not given to families free of charge. The families must have a source of income and are responsible for paying back the interest free mortgage.

"We will also look at their financial stage, their credit history, their debt history. We review what we can build the home for and what they can afford," said Mary Shearer, Executive Director of Bowling Green's Habitat for Humanity.

In addition, Habitat for Humanity also hopes to save the families money on their utility bills.

"This home being built today is also going to be an energy efficient home that will probably save the family, per month, about half of the utility costs of what would be spent in an older home or even a newer home," said Mary Shearer, Executive Director of Bowling Green's Habitat for Humanity.

The home is expected to be completed by June 2014.

The $1.5 million grant from GM will fund at least fifteen neighborhood revitalization projects across the United States.




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