Ply Gem Addresses Need for Affordable HousingMay 3rd, 2018 by Editor
Ply Gem is taking part in a week-long multi-home remodeling project in Raleigh, N.C., to address America’s affordable housing crisis and its impact on growing metropolitan areas.
With expert building and remodeling support from 100s of local “Hometown Hero” volunteers recruited by Ply Gem, five Raleigh homes in serious need of critical repairs are receiving new exteriors, including new siding and energy-efficient windows. In addition, ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year Brett Young, who is serving as a regional ambassador for the Ply Gem Home for Good project, will lend a hand during the remodel. He’ll also perform an exclusive concert for all of the volunteers contributing their time and skills.
“Having a place to come home to means a lot to me personally,” said Young. “I’m proud of what Ply Gem is doing to bring the affordable housing issue to light through its Home for Good project, and I am honored to help spread the word to my fan base.”
The seven-day effort launches the third year of the Home for Good project, conceived by Ply Gem in 2016 as a way to give back to Americans in need of affordable housing.
In recognition of Ply Gem’s contribution, the Raleigh mayor’s office will proclaim May 8 as Ply Gem Home for Good Project Day.
“Having a safe, affordable home is something so many of us may take for granted, yet the reality is that many Americans are just one financial emergency away from losing their homes,” said Gary E. Robinette, Ply Gem’s chair and CEO and an advocate for affordable housing. “Many Americans affected by the affordable housing crisis provide critical services to our communities; they are child care providers, caregivers to the elderly, educators and emergency responders. Through the Home for Good project, Ply Gem is committed to giving back by building homes, building awareness and building hope.”
In Wake County, where Ply Gem is headquartered, the need for affordable housing exceeds demand by some 56,000 units. That gap could triple by 2035. Similar scenarios are playing out in metropolitan areas across the country as housing costs grow faster than household incomes.
“Whether renting or owning, safe, affordable housing is slipping beyond the reach of many working Americans,” said Robinette. “Through the Home for Good project, we’re committed to making a difference, and we’re very pleased to be doing so right here in Wake County, where our neighbors live and work.”