Flower City Habitat for Humanity will receive $3.75 million to enhance its programs and initiatives that focus on affordable housing in Rochester.
The gift to the local organization was part of $436 million in unrestricted funds given to Habitat for Humanity International and more than 80 other U.S. Habitat affiliate organizations by American Author and Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, who is the former wife of Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos.
Matthew J. Flanigan, FCHH’s CEO and president, said the transformational donation will substantially help further Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has equitable access to a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.
“We are extremely grateful for this once-in-a-lifetime gift from MacKenzie Scott,” Flanigan said. “As we all know, there is a significant need for affordable housing in the city of Rochester and this generous donation will allow FCHH to provide a greater number of families with the opportunity for affordable homeownership in alignment with our mission of building homeownership, communities and hope.”
Flower City Habitat’s initial plans for the funding include greater support of initiatives and programs that help city residents build stability, equity and generational wealth through FCHH’s homeownership, repair and advocacy programs.
Habitat International will use its portion of the donation to prioritize advocacy and programmatic efforts designed to dismantle systemic racism in housing.
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