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30 JLL volunteers spend full-day deconstructing and building at two Habitat for Humanity sites
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2013 – Thirty Jones Lang LaSalle volunteers recently participated in blitz builds with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NoVA) and Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Maryland. In Fairfax County, volunteers worked to rehabilitate a foreclosed home and in Montgomery County volunteers deconstructed a house.
“We live and work in these local communities and are proud to be able to support Habitat for Humanity and help local families,” said Mike Ellis, Mid-Atlantic Market Director, Jones Lang LaSalle. “This is also an opportunity for our team to spend meaningful time together.”
In Fairfax County JLL volunteers worked on the Saguaro Place property, part of Habitat NoVA’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which is a HUD program to rehabilitate foreclosed homes. Even though the home was purchased at a below market rate foreclosure, the project is operated like all Habitat builds — through volunteer labor and corporate underwriting, which is the Habitat model for providing affordable homes. The prospective homeowner will obtain their own financing and purchase the renovated home at a very affordable price.
“Habitat for Humanity’s partnership with companies like Jones Lang LaSalle is critical to building a better communities,” said Rev. Jon Smoot, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia Executive Director. "Our corporate build partners are not only critical to solving the affordable housing crisis, but their employees benefit by having access to affordable homes in the communities where they live and work. The more engaged the business community becomes in partnering to solve the affordable housing crisis, the more all of Northern Virginia will benefit."
In Montgomery County, the JLL volunteers worked on a home deconstruction – an environmentally responsible alternative to demolition. During deconstruction, salvageable items are removed in the reverse order of their construction. This includes a wide array of items such as furniture, appliances, kitchen cabinets, lighting fixtures, bathroom vanities, doors, door hardware, switch plates, decorative trim, HVAC systems, copper piping, all metal fixtures, wood flooring, windows, yard pavers/bricks and other items. The goal is to reduce the amount of materials disposed into landfills. All salvageable items are then sold to the public at Habitat ReStore® or repurposed for use on the Habitat build site.
"Deconstruction is a natural extension to our retail outlet, ReStore®, and its mission to divert tons of reusable materials from landfills,” Adeela Abbasi, ReStore® Manager said. “When corporate groups, like Jones Lang LaSalle, roll up their sleeves and stand on the front lines with Habitat for Humanity they not only help build homes, but they help build stronger communities."About Jones Lang LaSalle Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual revenue of $3.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle operates in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services to a property portfolio of 2.6 billion square feet and completed $63 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2012. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $47.7 billion of real estate assets under management. For further information, visit www.jll.com.
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