Scaffolding at Habitat for Humanity serving Winona County.

“This project will make a huge impact on the critical community housing need because it strengthens our ability to deliver mission services safely. It is vitally important that we keep our volunteers, home buyers, and staff as safe as possible in the inherently dangerous construction environment.”
– Amanda Hedlund, Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity serving Winona County

Habitat for Humanity serving Winona County received a $9,950 Cycle 1 Community Grant from the Winona Community Foundation in 2022. This grant supported scaffolding upgrades that are essential to ensuring safety work above ground. Repair projects that require scaffolding include painting, siding and soffit replacement and repair, roof repair, second-story window replacement, and it’s required in the construction of new homes. Their current scaffolding is approaching the end of their expected use.

The people being served by this safety project are the volunteers performing the construction tasks as well as the individuals and families with limited income who partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or repair their homes. The organization builds and repairs homes with people making less than 60% of the Area Median Income.

Habitat for Humanity’s repair projects address critical home maintenance concerns. Those that would require scaffolding include painting, siding and soffit replacement and repair, roof repair, second-story window replacement, and more. These repairs improve the safety and appearance of aging homes and renew pride in place for homeowners.

Scaffolding is also required in the construction of new homes. A few tasks that require scaffolding include second-story framing, roofing, siding installation, window installation, and more. For maximum construction efficiency, a house must be fully encircled by scaffolding. If only partial scaffolding is available, it must be set up for work on one side, torn down and reset on the other side, and then work completed on the second side. Habitat for Humanity reported several impact outcomes from receiving the grant. These include:

Outcome 1: Improving state of readiness for large-scale Habitat for Humanity construction projects.

Outcome 2: Improving state of readiness for preventing potentially fatal injuries for volunteers, home buyers, and staff who come to our sites a wide range of construction experience.

Outcome 3: Continued growth and expansion of Habitat for Humanity’s home repair and construction programs across Winona County.

These outcomes were achieved by purchasing the needed equipment, completing the semi-annual Habitat for Humanity/OSHA safety training (completed this February), and then putting the new equipment to use. The organization reports their continuation with measuring program success statistics including: the numbers of projects completed, individuals served, volunteers engaged and volunteer hours, and more.

“When we went to make our purchase we were able to buy used equipment so the grant went twice as far and our system is now even better than we had hoped for! Thank you so much for making this safety upgrade possible.”
– Amanda Hedlund, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity serving Winona County

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity serving Winona County, please visit https://habitatwinona.org/.

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