Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County recently announced that the Fredrick A. DeLuca Foundation has awarded the nonprofit a $320,000 grant to expand and support Habitat’s Aging in Place program. The grant will fund two new staff positions and increase the number of seniors HFHPBC serves.
In 2015, to complement its new construction program, Habitat created a Home Preservation Program under its Neighborhood Revitalization department. Using Home Preservation funding, Habitat for Humanity makes cosmetic exterior and critical interior/exterior improvements to homes owned and occupied by lower-income homeowners. The repairs range in cost from $2,000 to $10,000 per home. Aging-in-place repairs have been a consistent aspect of the program and are repeatedly requested by residents, as most seniors want to stay in their homes for as long as possible.
“Thanks to this generous grant by the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, we will continue to expand its reach to those in our community in need of this service that allows homeowners to ‘age in place’ more safely and affordably,” said Bernie Godek, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County.
The Fredrick A. DeLuca Foundation is a private foundation that was founded in 1997 by the late Fred DeLuca, co-founder of the global Subway restaurant chain. The foundation supports charitable programs that empower people to lead healthy and productive lives.