ArcelorMittal Foundation helps to build houses for low-income families

The ArcelorMittal Foundation has been a Habitat for Humanity corporate partner since 2008, helping them build houses for low-income families with more than $ 3,700,000 donated.

From the first year of their partnership, the ArcelorMittal Foundation has collaborated with financial support, technical know-how, product donation and volunteering efforts. It has also been helping Habitat for Humanity in providing safe, decent, affordable homes to 547 families in Argentina, Costa Rica, Macedonia, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, and Ukraine.

Over the last three years, the ArcelorMittal Foundation has helped Habitat to support over 700 families. ArcelorMittal employees were involved in volunteering at the Habitat build sites in Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. In addition building and renovating, the ArcelorMittal Foundation has supported Habitat’s reconstruction efforts in Haiti. To date, steel donated by ArcelorMittal has been used in 310 transitional shelters. There are plans to build a further 1,900 units.

The ArcelorMittal Foundation’s prompt response to the earthquake in Haiti has resulted in a contribution towards 2,000 Habitat upgradeable transitional shelters that can be expanded into permanent housing in the future.

Experts from ArcelorMittal and Habitat for Humanity designed Casa Buna (“Good House”), the first low cost steel framed home. A successful prototype was completed at the ArcelorMittal facility in Romania. Since then, its innovative construction and simple design has benefited 20 low income families in Romania.

A team of over 50 employees from across the ArcelorMittal Group will spend a week in Trinidad & Tobago to commence the ArcelorMittal Foundation’s Solidarity Holidays Programme in 2012.

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Categorisations

Partnership types

Project funding; Provision of services / personnel

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: South Africa
Americas: 5 countries (show)
Europe: 3 countries (show)

Global issues

Shelter, housing, land management and construction

Goods categories

Shelter & construction

Business sectors

Construction

Disasters

Haiti: Earthquakes - Jan 2010