News and Tribune: “The New Albany Redevelopment Commission approved $500,000 in American Rescue Plan funds for Habitat for Humanity Clark and Floyd in Indiana at its Tuesday meeting. The funds will be used to help Habitat for Humanity build a new, larger facility in New Albany.”
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today celebrated how President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan is still delivering for the Hoosier State. This time, an expansion and relocation of New Albany Clark and Floyd County’s Habitat for Humanity will happen all thanks to Democrats like U.S. Congressman André Carson and Frank Mrvan. The organization announced it will build a new facility with 7,500 sq. ft. and include warehouse, workshop, classroom and office space. This investment will allow Habitat for Humanity to serve more low to moderate income Hoosiers in Clark and Floyd County.
In contrast, the Indiana Republican Party said “NO” to this brighter future. Politicians like U.S. Senator Todd Young voted “NO” on these investments, and in fact, Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer called this project “socialism” – claiming this opposition was a “great campaign to run on”. Throughout the 2022 elections (and beyond), Democrats will highlight how the Indiana GOP has no plan for Indiana’s future – just a divisive partisan agenda.
Here’s a look at how the American Rescue Plan continues to deliver for the Hoosier State:
News and Tribune: Habitat for Humanity to relocate, expand with help from $500,000 ARP grant
The New Albany Redevelopment Commission approved $500,000 in American Rescue Plan funds for Habitat of Humanity Clark and Floyd Indiana at its Tuesday meeting. The funds will be used to help Habitat for Humanity build a new, larger facility in New Albany.
The organization wants to expand the number of houses it builds each year, but cannot do it in the small space it occupies now. About three houses are built each year by Habitat, executive director Jerry Leonard said. They want to increase to about five or six houses a year in the next five years.
“This is a big step to getting us to that point,” Leonard said. “Ultimately we feel that we should be doing more homes. With the need here, I could build 50 homes and have them filled within the hour,” Leonard said.
The new facility would be about 7,500 sq. ft. and include warehouse, workshop, classroom and office space. Leonard told the redevelopment commission that with a larger space they would be able to purchase materials in bulk. While they build typically three houses a year, Leonard said they are not necessarily happening at the same time, so if materials were bought in bulk they would need a place to be stored between builds.
Habitat for Humanity primarily serves low- to moderate-income individuals, many of whom are single mothers. Leonard said they try to ensure that the mortgage cost for their homeowners doesn’t exceed 30% of their monthly income, so they can still afford all their necessities.