Chandler Ends Collaboration With Habitat For Humanity

Published: Monday, October 30, 2017 - 8:01am
Updated: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 4:12pm

The city of Chandler recently ended a four-year agreement with Habitat for Humanity to fix up low-income houses.

Habitat for Humanity has worked with Chandler to distribute federal funds for emergency home repairs since 2013.

“They really allow homeowners, that are on a fixed income that want to stay in their home, access dollars to get health and safety issues addressed,” said Amy Jacobson, Chandler Housing and Redevelopment manager.

Last year, Habitat for Humanity didn’t use all of the Housing and Urban Development funds it was given.

“Because of expenditure deadlines from HUD, we have to ensure the money gets spent as quickly as possible,” Jacobson said. Habitat for Humanity doesn’t have any other contracts with the city at the time.

Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona spokesman Dusty Parsons emailed this statement in response to KJZZ’s request for an interview.

“Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona has been a sub-recipient of Community Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the City of Chandler for the past 5 years. We have managed the City’s Emergency Home Repair Program while the City managed their Mod 50 Rehab program. Although, we’re no longer serving residents through the emergency repair services, we will continue building, renovating and repairing homes. In fact, we welcomed a family to their newly renovated Chandler home last week.”

Chandler put out a call for a new partner and approved a contract with nonprofit FSL Home Improvements to oversee the $875,000 budget for both the Emergency Home Repair and Housing Rehabilitation programs.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story has been updated to correct the name of FSL Home Improvements.

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