Rising as 1 Rebuilding Collaborative Announces $1 Million Investment to Rebuild Flooded Homes

Rising as 1 Rebuilding Collaborative Announces $1 Million Investment to Rebuild Flooded Homes

BATON ROUGE, LA (June 5, 2017) – A collaboration of nine nonprofits has released a plan to leverage grant funding to rebuild more than 100 flood impacted homes by the end of 2017.  The collaboration, known as the Rising as 1 Rebuilding Collaborative, is comprised of Capital Area United Way, American Red Cross, All Hands Volunteers, Fellowship Church, Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, Mid City Redevelopment Alliance and SBP (formerly St. Bernard Project).  The collaborative will invest a total value of more than $1 million into the homes being rebuilt through construction, materials, labor and additional resources.

This work is part of a larger $1.2 million grant that Capital Area United Way was awarded from American Red Cross to continue long term recovery work in Ascension, Livingston and East Baton Rouge Parishes. Through this collaborative, each organization will match grant dollars with cash, in-kind materials, and/or volunteer labor to provide approximately $10,000 per home to result in a finished living environment for each household.  Additionally, each home will receive installed smoke alarms, a home preparedness kit, a home safety checklist and an exit/preparedness plan.  A minimum of 108 homes will be rebuilt through October 2017.

“We are grateful that the Red Cross recognizes our ability to carry out long-term disaster recovery work,” said George Bell, president and CEO of Capital Area United Way.  “The homes rebuilt by this collaboration are those that are considered the most in need, and we are prioritizing homes belonging to low to moderate income families, the elderly, disabled individuals, or veterans/active military members.”

Homes have already been identified through case management provided by each nonprofit in the collaborative, and the homes will be completed by the end of 2017. Additional services provided through the larger grant include construction management and volunteer management support for local long term recovery committees and direct assistance for vulnerable populations.

“Thanks to our compassionate supporters, the American Red Cross remains committed to helping our neighbors in their long-term recovery through collaborations like this one with Capital Area United Way and our other partners,” said Joshua Joachim, chief executive of the Red Cross in Louisiana. “We believe in the United Way partnership and in the strength of our recovery partners to restore homes to finished living environments and help families return home.”

The Rising as 1 Collaborative is part of the larger, ongoing efforts of each parish to continue repairing and rebuilding homes. Capital Area United Way and partners are committed to help as many residents as possible return to stable housing conditions through 2017 and beyond.


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