Bank of America Grant to Fund Tiny House Initiative (Herald Sun)


Bank of America Grant to Fund Tiny House Initiative (Herald Sun)

May 4th, 2016 | Staff Reports

DURHAM -- Bank of America has awarded more than $23,000 to the Durham Technical Community College Foundation for a Habitat for Humanity of Durham tiny house initiative.

The grant will allow Durham Tech students, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, to be instrumental in the creation of a tiny house for a Durham resident.

Durham Tech students will receive innovative, hands-on learning experiences in construction-related programs, including carpentry, heating, cooling, plumbing, architecture, and residential wiring and electrical.

Durham Tech President Bill Ingram said the college is pleased to partner with Bank of America on the creative solution to housing needs in Durham County.

“We are grateful for the support and generosity of Bank of America in providing our students with this distinctive learning opportunity to build a tiny house,” Ingram said. “Initiatives such as this enable our students to both develop essential workplace skills and give back to the community through Habitat for Humanity.”

Construction of the tiny home will begin in fall 2016 and conclude at the end of summer 2017. The project is expected to serve up to 150 Durham Tech students and provide a valuable opportunity for construction trade cross-training exercises that students will experience in the field.

Bank of America’s charitable giving program aims to improve communities by addressing issues fundamental to economic health and sustainability.

The initiative’s focus is on workforce development and education, community development, and basic needs.

Founded in 1985, Durham Habitat for Humanity has helped place over 600 families in homes.

The Durham Tech Foundation is a charitable organization that promote the current and long-term success of Durham Tech by inspiring charitable investment in its students, faculty and staff.


Habitat Success Stories

Pearlie's home was so damaged that neighbors thought it was abandoned. Habitat partnered with the City of Durham to replace Pearlie's roof, a damaged wall, and exterior siding. Pearlie said, "It lifts my spirits. Habitat volunteers are beautiful people."