GM gift to benefit local Habitat build

Habitat veteran house

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – An Austintown Habitat for Humanity build will benefit from a nation-wide donation from General Motors.

The General Motors Foundation is donating more than $1.45 million to Habitat for Humanity to fund at least 10 new home builds and 15 neighborhood revitalization projects across the United States. The funds will also be used to support special veteran programs in partnership with Habitat affiliates.

Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County broke ground March 1 on a new home for veteran James Skok and his family. This is the first build as part of a special veterans’ program and one that will benefit from GM’s donation.

Habitat builds first house for veteran

Funds will also be used to provide programs for military service members and veterans that will help them become homeowners or improve their current living conditions.

“An important factor in building stronger families and communities is the stability of a permanent home,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “This constancy is particularly important for our veterans and military service members, and we are committed to helping them – and the Habitat partner families – realize homeownership and take advantage of programs designed to move their lives forward in positive ways.”

On April 24, workers from the General Motors Lordstown Plant will have a volunteer build day at the Skok house on New Road. Volunteers will be working on landscaping and interior and exterior finish work.

The house is expected to be complete by June.

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