Habitat for Humanity, Mahoning Co.
energy efficiency + affordable housing + interfaith cooperation
Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County, OH builds simple, decent, affordable and energy efficient homes in partnership with needy families. Our mission is to work with people of all faiths and all walks of life to help these families realize their dream of home ownership.
To give true meaning to these words, we will embark on a unique building project called "The House of Abraham"* - a project designed to demonstrate that religious, ethnic and racial differences are less important than the common humanity that unites us. The House of Abraham will be a new energy efficient home sponsored entirely by Christian, Jewish, Muslim - and possibly other - faith communities in our area. No such project has been attempted in Mahoning County before!
The home will be Energy Star rated and will feature the following "green" technologies: CFL bulbs, low-flow toilets and showerheads, a programmable thermostat and a whole-home tankless water heater. In addition, CREE, Inc. has agreed to provide high-efficiency LED downlights for the kitchen. Finally, this home will become the first Habitat house in Mahoning County to recycle and reuse building materials salvaged from vacant or abandoned structures through deconstruction.
It is our hope that The House of Abraham will serve as a lasting example of how different constituencies can work together toward common goals such as social justice and community improvement while being good stewards of the environment.
*Christians, Jews and Muslims consider themselves to be descendants of Abraham.