Amerigroup Joins Habitat for Humanity in Innovative Home-Building Project to Benefit People with Disabilities

Posted by Pam Blanton on September 30, 2010

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Sept. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The Amerigroup Foundation today announced that it is contributing $350,000 to help fund construction of a crucial new building project for Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads (SHR).

The two-year grant will go toward the land acquisition and construction of four new affordable and accessible homes for Hampton Roads families who are either headed by an individual with a disability or include a family member with a disability. Stable housing is a critical factor in managing the complex health care needs of these family members. According to national statistics, just 1 percent of the 65 percent of families who own their own home is headed by a person with a disability.

“In addition to being a very real solution to addressing home ownership, this project supports Amerigroup’s goal toward promoting independent living for seniors and people with disabilities,” said John E. Littel, chairman of the Amerigroup Foundation. “Habitat for Humanity SHR’s new home project helps to eliminate some of the barriers that prevent people with physical and intellectual disabilities from owning their own home. We are hopeful that this model can be replicated in other states.”  READ MORE

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