USG Boral has been working with Habitat for Humanity Australia, providing both material and labour support to the organisation’s home building program. USG Boral’s ongoing commitment to the program helped complete three more new homes in Yea, Victoria for families experiencing housing stress.

For the Yea Heights Estate project, Habitat for Humanity partnered with low income families affected by the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires to build simple, safe and affordable housing. After developing the site and connecting all required services, nine affordable houses have been built on the estate to date, providing partner families and their children a place to call home.

According to USG Boral’s Regional Business Analyst – Southern Region, Tom Spencer, their involvement with Habitat for Humanity Australia began in 2014 with the supply of material to local Habitat for Humanity projects. The first project was at Crib Point in Victoria.

Since then, USG Boral has provided materials as well as labour for 11 houses around Victoria, most recently finishing three new homes in Yea. USG Boral supplied SHEETROCK plasterboard, cornice and compounds to line and finish the two- and three-bedroom homes, and also deployed a team of contractors to manage the install and assist volunteers.

Tom explains that Habitat for Humanity gets the partner families involved in the build to understand the process and heighten their engagement. Given the heart-breaking stories of these families, the homes do create a positive change in their lives, particularly those with young children who can now have a more stable living environment.

Tom adds that USG Boral is extremely proud to support Habitat for Humanity, helping address the lack of affordable housing for low income families in a number of communities. While USG Boral can simply deliver material to building projects, the company has realised that they could add more value by being involved on site as well. The company is not only providing installation teams on the ground, but also having both management and staff visit these sites, and lend a helping hand when they can.

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