In December, Publix Super Markets Charities announced it would be donating $2.5 million to support 113 Habitat for Humanity affiliates and 76 additional organizations providing housing and shelter services across the Southeast.
Locally, Publix generously granted Habitat Lake-Sumter with $35,000 to provide safety and accessibility modifications to cost-burdened homeowners. By investing in local programs like Habitat’s Preservation and Repair, Publix has improved the lives of families throughout Lake and Sumter Counties for almost a decade.
Through partnering with Publix Super Markets Charities, we serve dozens of families and maintain the affordable housing stock in our community every year.
Preservation and Repair began in 2015 to serve families who owned their homes but couldn’t afford to keep them in good condition. Our program has grown from minor repairs, like weatherization and yard clean-up, to critical repairs, like ramp installs and re-roofing.
Through the program, homeowners receive repairs to increase the safety, accessibility, and beauty of the home. This year alone, a total of 48 individuals now have improved health and safety in their home. Due to the economic impact of Covid-19, Habitat Lake-Sumter faced many challenges along the way, but because of the generosity of Publix Super Markets Charities, we successfully continued the necessary and critical repair services to families in the most vulnerable housing situations.
Publix representative commented in a press release when announcing the grant award saying,
“A home often represents stability and independence in one’s life. In what has already been a difficult year, there are far too many people in our country struggling with housing insecurity,” said Publix Super Markets Charities Executive Director Kelly Williams-Puccio. “Through this donation, we remain committed to supporting partners like Habitat for Humanity to help build hope in our communities. We are proud to carry on the legacy of George Jenkins, our founder, to do good, together, for those in need.”
We look forward to building alongside Publix to provide strength, stability, and self-reliance to even more families this year.
Take a look at just some of the community projects made possible through Publix’s support!