STATEHOUSE (March 8, 2017) – State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Indiana and fellow lawmakers today to formally kick off the General Assembly’s first-ever home build on Statehouse grounds.
Cook joined Habitat officials on the South lawn to announce the results of their fundraising and tool drive efforts. Total funds raised topped $50,500 – far surpassing the initial $30,000 goal to pay for materials and costs of the home’s wall panels. Donations raised beyond the goal will help provide training and support for Habitat’s affiliates in Indiana. Legislators and Statehouse staff also donated nearly $3,500 in new and used tools.
“This was an incredible experience to come together as a team to provide a hardworking family with a stable home,” Cook said. “Building the home’s structure with Habitat for Humanity volunteers gave lawmakers the opportunity to do good work for a fellow Hoosier in a bipartisan effort.”
In January, the Indiana General Assembly announced this unique partnership, their plans to raise the walls of a home for a low-income family and generate awareness of the need for affordable housing. More than 160 volunteers including Statehouse staff and about 60 legislators to complete the construction of the wall panels today. The panels will be transported to a home site in Indianapolis located near Eli Lilly. The completed home will be about 1,200 sq. ft. with three bedrooms and one full bath.
“Habitat is so pleased to have this opportunity to bring our work to the Statehouse for our legislators to experience,” said Habitat for Humanity of Indiana State Director Gina Leckron. “In Indiana, Habitat has 59 affiliates serving 75 counties who have built homes for 5,200 Hoosier families since 1984. Legislators now join the ranks of our thousands of volunteers that make this work happen every day. We are grateful for the partnership with the Indiana General Assembly in fighting poverty housing in our great state.”
Leckron said Habitat for Humanity builds over 210 homes annually across the state.
Habitat for Humanity of Indiana is a non-profit organization serving 75 counties. The organization sells homes with affordable, interest-free mortgages. To begin the application process, families must demonstrate their ability to pay a mortgage and manage their finances. Once a family is accepted into the program, they contribute sweat equity hours and attend homebuyer education classes.
Homeowners and construction volunteers build under trained supervision and contribute thousands of hours of labor to further reduce home building costs. Individuals, corporations, faith groups and others provide donations that make up the vital financial support needed to build these homes.
State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.
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Note to the editor: Below and attached is a photo of state legislators helping build a home with Habitat for Humanity.
Pictured left to right: State Reps. Sally Siegrist (R-West Lafayette), Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville), Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne), Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) and Tony Cook (R-Cicero).