Zurn Industries, a Rexnord Company, has invested $75,000 in Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity’s Midtown 100 initiative. The funds will be used to help the organization build, rehab and repair 100 homes in the Midtown neighborhood over the next three years.
This significant investment will help transform blocks of empty lots in the Midtown neighborhood into the highest concentration of affordable, single-family homes built in Milwaukee since WWII.
“We are excited to expand our nearly two decades-long relationship with Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity,” said Todd A. Adams, President and CEO of Rexnord Corporation. “Together with our Zurn business, we are committed to contributing to the communities where we live and work around the world and through our work with Habitat, we are able to make a positive impact right here in Milwaukee.”
In addition to financial support, the company will donate Zurn® brand plumbing products for new homes and the Habitat warehouse, and employees will volunteer alongside future homeowners on Habitat’s build sites. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes and pay an affordable mortgage.
“We absolutely couldn’t tackle such an ambitious project in Midtown without the support of companies like Zurn and Rexnord,” says Milwaukee Habitat’s Executive Director Brian Sonderman. “Together we can make affordable homeownership possible for local families, while revitalizing central city neighborhoods.”
With nearly three in five Milwaukee renters living in unaffordable housing, the city is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. While creating affordable housing opportunities, Milwaukee Habitat seeks to replicate the outcomes achieved in the Washington Park neighborhood, where crime decreased 48% on the blocks where they built from 2013-2018.
About Rexnord and Zurn Industries
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rexnord is comprised of two strategic platforms, Process & Motion Control and Water Management, with approximately 8,000 employees worldwide. The Process & Motion Control platform designs, manufactures, markets and services specified, highly-engineered mechanical components used within complex systems. The Water Management platform designs, procures, manufactures and markets products that provide and enhance water quality, safety, flow control and conservation. Additional information about the Company can be found at rexnordcorp.com.
Zurn Industries, LLC is a Rexnord company and a recognized leader in commercial, municipal, healthcare and industrial markets. Zurn offers the largest breadth of engineered water solutions, including a wide spectrum of sustainable plumbing products. Zurn delivers total building solutions for new construction and retrofit applications that enhance any building’s environment. For more information, visit Zurn.com.
Tiara, a mother of two (one an infant), for the past few years has been raising her young daughter in what she describes as a “concrete townhouse.” Simple concrete block, without insulation, was all that’s been separating her family from the cold Wisconsin winters. Heating bills had been through the roof. On top the mounting heating bills, Tiara’s landlord had raised the cost of her rental twice in just over a year.
With help from Milwaukee Habitat, Tiara built a safe, affordable home becoming the first family of Milwaukee Habitat’s historic Midtown 100 initiative. Thanks to your support, Tiara now owns a home where she can raise her children for years to come.
99 more homes are being built, rehabbed and repaired in the Midtown neighorhood over the next three years to create the highest concentration of affordable, single family homes built in Milwaukee since WWII.
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As part of their historic Midtown 100 initiative, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity is transforming the 2000 block of North 30th street from a large vacant lot into a row of brand new affordable homes. More than 400 volunteers were on site the second week of September to completely frame four new homes thanks to support from Komatsu, a global company with subsidiary headquarters in Milwaukee.
The heavy equipment and technology company, who next year will mark 135 years of doing business in Milwaukee, is sponsoring two of the four homes being framed. Komatsu employees will make up nearly half of the volunteers who will be working alongside future homeowners raising the walls of these homes.
These are the 20th and 21st homes Komatsu has built in partnership with Milwaukee Habitat, a partnership that has now exceeded $1.4 million in financial support and 7600 employee volunteer hours since 2011.
Milwaukee Habitat’s Midtown 100 initiative to build, rehab and repair 100 homes over the next three years will create the highest concentration of affordable single-family homes built in Milwaukee since World War II.
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