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Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys receives disaster services grant to aid in Hurricane Irma recovery efforts

Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys has been granted a $20,000 disaster services grant from Habitat for Humanity and State Farm®. The grant will be used to repair homes as part of the Hurricane Irma (2017) recovery that still continues today, 3 years later.

“Our island community was greatly affected by Hurricane Irma,” said Chris Todd Young, Habitat Middle Keys Executive Director. “We would like to thank Habitat for Humanity and State Farm for the grant and their help as our community continues to recover.” 

Habitat Middle Keys Irma Recovery Repairs “Habitat Hammers Back” Program is an extension of our mission to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. The program is intended to assist our community in rebuilding after Hurricane Irma. Repairs may include accessibility (repairing stairs, wheelchair ramps and new installs), drywall, insulation, doors, flooring, and other items to make the home safe and secure. Habitat works with volunteer groups, local youth (16 years and older) and young professional volunteers to accomplish this work. We mobilize two construction sites per week using 8 volunteers per day at each site.  To date since January 1st, 2018 we have completed 119 repairs with 14 in process and many pending applications in our pipeline.

“State Farm is pleased to support recovery efforts through this disaster services grant,” said Jose Soto, State Farm Corporate Responsibility Analyst. “As our mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams, we hope this grant goes a long way in helping your community recover from this disaster.”

State Farm and Habitat for Humanity are providing up to $100,000 in grants for disaster recovery projects that engage youth. State Farm has been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity International’s youth initiatives since 2007.

About Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys

Habitat Middle Keys began in 1991 and is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. We are a volunteer based locally run affiliate dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide. We believe that every man, woman and child deserve to have a simple, safe and affordable home to call their own.

About State Farm

The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto and home insurance in the United States. Its 19,200 agents and 59,000 employees serve approximately 84 million policies and accounts – over 81 million auto, fire, life, health and commercial policies and over 2 million bank and investment planning services accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 36 on the 2020 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit www.statefarm.com  

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