CHICAGO - A team of volunteers from Stratosphere Networks will participate in a Habitat for Humanity Chicago initiative called The House That Tech Built, which is bringing together local tech companies to fund and construct a home for a deserving family. Stratosphere team members will help with the project on Friday, September 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The House That Tech Built broke ground in April and is expected to be completed this October. The project is part of Habitat Chicago's 119th and S. Union New Home Construction Initiative, which aims to revitalize a vacant block and assist 18 low to moderate income families in achieving home ownership in the Chicago neighborhood of West Pullman. In addition to leveraging donated products and volunteer labor, these houses are built to exceed Chicago's Green Homes Program standards to produce energy savings and ensure affordability.
"We're thrilled to be among the Chicago companies contributing to The House That Tech Built," said Kevin Rubin, president and COO of Stratosphere Networks. "The tech industry is full of innovative, creative, and hard-working people, and we have so much potential to make the world a better place when we join forces to improve our community."
The Martin family - including Tonya, an Amtrak attendant and first-time homebuyer, and her daughter Kayli - will own The House That Tech Built once it's finished. Tonya, a single parent, wants to build a brighter future for herself and her daughter in a home that truly belongs to them. Habitat Chicago offers affordable home ownership to qualifying families like the Martins. In addition to demonstrating a need for decent housing, these families must be willing to invest at least 250 volunteer hours building homes and take part in up to 12 homebuyer educational courses.
"The benefits of stable, quality, and affordable homeownership are immense," said Jennifer Parks, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Chicago. "It improves health, social, educational, and economic outcomes for both families and communities alike. By coming together to completely fund and build a Habitat Chicago home, 13 great Chicago tech companies are providing a mother and her young daughter, a family who would not qualify for traditional lending, the opportunity to build a strong future through homeownership. These companies are creating positive change that will last for generations."
Stratosphere Networks provides Chicago IT support, managed services, and comprehensive technology solutions to businesses across all industries. In addition to IT support, the company delivers expert cloud consulting services and managed cybersecurity solutions.
To learn more about The House That Tech Built, please visit the Habitat Chicago website.