CEO Buffalo Receives HUD Secretary’s Award for Community Foundations!

On October 17, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo hosted a celebratory reception for Green & Healthy Home Initiative (GHHI) partners for the recent HUD Secretary’s Award for Community Foundations. Buffalo was the only GHHI site of the 19 designated cities awarded this national honor. CEO plays a critical role in the Workforce Development portion, which is a central component of the GHHI program.

The model CEO has developed with Habitat for Humanity, coupled with the training provided by several community partners is a unique partnership. Although Habitat for Humanity works with many organizations, there is no other collaboration on the same level as the one with CEO. Our work crew constantly provides labor so more homes can be revitalized, with the recent rehabilitation of a home on Buffalo’s East Side a prime example of our crew’s dedication to the job. The success of GHHI could not even be possible without the efforts of all of the CEO Buffalo staff. From scheduling and working with several agencies, to retention services after our participants’ placements and maintaining communication with the employers who hired them, to attentive site supervision of the GHHI Habitat for Humanity Crew, CEO Buffalo has done it all.

Just how important has CEO Buffalo’s work been? Over 50 trainees have been placed into jobs! In addition, one significant milestone for the GHHI program continues to be the average wage increase for GHHI participants opposed to non-GHHI participants. After seven months of GHHI training the average wage for a GHHI worker is $10.40 per hour, while the average wage for a non-GHHI worker is $8.99 per hour. For an individual who is working full time, that translates to nearly $3,000 in additional earnings every year! With 71% of those enrolled coming from extremely low income areas (<30% area median income), a higher wage means a world of difference. We are looking forward to continuing this program due to great success we have seen in the last six months.

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