Building stronger homes is a key principle of the Travelers Coastal Wind Zone Plan, the company’s proposal to improve the availability and affordability of windstorm insurance for homeowners in communities along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. At a 2010 symposium in Mobile, Ala., on “ Mitigation Strategies for the Alabama Coastal Region,” Travelers announced a new wind credit for fortified homes to encourage homeowners, builders and building officials to adopt these disaster resistant standards. The company also donated $15,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Baldwin County at the event, which helped set the stage for the partners’ new initiative to build safer homes.IBHS FORTIFIED Program Manager Fred Malik noted that, “IBHS is proud to partner with Travelers and Habitat for Humanity to build stronger, safer homes. Our partnership demonstrates that you can build affordable homes that incorporate the highest level of disaster-resistant design and construction.” Builds began in Fairhope, Ala., in the summer of 2012 and will continue in key coastal regions throughout 2013. The new program builds on Travelers’ 20-year history of supporting Habitat’s mission:
- Travelers and Habitat for Humanity established a national relationship to support Travelers volunteer builds in 2002, and Travelers’ local support dates back to 1994.
- Since 1994, Travelers has provided nearly $5 million in support of Habitat.
- In 2011, Travelers and the Travelers Foundation granted more than $600,000 to help Habitat create affordable housing in partnership with low-income families across the U.S., and approximately 2,000 employees were engaged as Habitat volunteers.
- This year, Travelers employees participated in approximately 35 builds across the United States, and $250,000 of the $500,000 of Travelers Foundation grants to Habitat in 2012 supported the fortified project.