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Ply Gem Teams Up with Country Music Star Lauren Alaina and Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity to Address Affordable Housing and Make a Difference in Cleveland

Ply Gem, a leader in exterior building products, in partnership with country star Lauren Alaina and Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, will bring the company’s Home for Good project to Cleveland, transforming five homes in the local area between July 23 – July 31.

As part of Home For Good project, an initiative that has helped hundreds of families across the U.S. achieve the dream of home ownership, homes located at 3416 E. 134th St., 3261 E. 130th St., 3295 E 130th St., 3291 E. 130th St. and 3283 E. 130th St. will undergo a week-long transformation focused on exterior work with products donated by Ply Gem, culminating in a dedication event in District 4 on Tuesday, July 31.

Over the past five years, the city has seen more than 7,000 abandoned properties, resulting in a concerted effort to revitalize vacant homes vs. building new residences. This strategic and innovative approach helps keep costs down, allows for twice the number of families to be positively impacted, increases neighborhood values and helps create safer communities throughout the city.

“As a leading manufacturer of exterior building products, helping families across the country have access to safe, affordable housing is important to us at Ply Gem,” said Gary E. Robinette, Chairman & CEO. “Through our Home for Good project, we’re committed to giving back to the local community. This month, we’re looking forward to the work ahead of us in Cleveland, utilizing our skills and resources to renovate five homes, while giving back hope to those most in need,” he concluded.

The renovation of these five homes will help address the lack of affordable housing in the greater Cleveland area. Currently, a family of four, earning 30% of the area medium income ($20,000-$52,000) spends more than 50% of monthly earnings on housing, leaving little income for basic needs, let alone funds to purchase a home. This makes up 68% of the community. Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity has been working with local families, including Yulonda and her daughter, Nayira, who will soon call one of these transformed houses home. Families have completed 250 hours of “sweat equity” investment in her family’s future home, as one of many requirements in the program criteria offered by Habitat for Humanity.

Event details:

  • Dedication of five newly-renovated homes located at 3416 E. 134th St., 3261 E. 130th St., 3295 E 130th St., 3291 E. 130th St. and 3283 E. 130th St. – 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31

  • Select interview opportunities upon request

  • Photo and video opportunities with key local officials, future home owners and executives

For more information on the Ply Gem Home for Good project and how the local community can get involved as a “Hometown Hero,” please visit www.homeforgoodproject.com/cleveland.

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