GM Foundation: Press Release

General Motors Foundation Teams Up with New Orleans Habitat for Humanity to Help Local Families

Grant makes possible home preservations in Central City neighborhood and purchasing program for new home buyers

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity was recently awarded a grant from the General Motors Foundation as part of a $1 million donation to Habitat for Humanity International to help with neighborhood rebuilding and revitalization efforts in 12 U.S. cities, including New Orleans.

Efforts in New Orleans will kick off the national GM Foundation-Habitat program, which will provide financial support for new home construction, repairs and rehabilitation, weatherization, neighborhood clean-ups, down payment assistance and financial education. Funds provided to the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity will be used toward two home preservation projects in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans.

“This grant is just one example of how we’re able to give back and help build stronger communities,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “Buying and owning a home is an aspiration many of us have and we’re proud to support organizations like Habitat that help make that dream a reality for so many families in need.”

The GM Foundation grant will also provide funds to help six New Orleans Habitat Partner Families purchase a home. Approved families needing supplemental saving support will make monthly deposits to a participating bank and attend a Financial Fitness class to gain budgeting and saving skills. After the minimum payments have been saved and course completed, the GM Foundation will match the funds to help the families achieve their saving goals.

“New Orleans Habitat is proud to work side by side with the GM Foundation to positively impact our local neighborhoods,” stated Jim Pate, executive director, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. “The GM Foundation’s volunteer day is a prime example of how supporters give back to the local community and help to create a stable environment in which to live.”

A crew of GM Foundation, GM and local Chevrolet dealership employee volunteers will perform the exterior home repairs in New Orleans, including painting, siding replacement, yard clean-up, landscaping, sidewalk repairs, and accessibility improvements.

In addition to the GM Foundation’s grant, Chevrolet donated 24 Express cargo vans to Habitat for Humanity International in December 2012, creating the organization’s first-ever fleet of mobile response units. The vehicles, filled with tools and equipment from Lowe’s and Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, were dispatched with volunteers to assist with Hurricane Sandy response efforts in New York and New Jersey.

About New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.  NOAHH builds new houses in partnership with sponsors, volunteers, communities, and homeowner families to eliminate poverty housing in the New Orleans area while serving as a catalyst to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.  Since its inception in 1983 NOAHH has built 605 homes for low-income families in need of adequate shelter. For more information, visit

About the General Motors Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates.  Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM.  The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit

Maria Mainville
GM Foundation Communications

Aleis Tusa
New Orleans Habitat for Humanity