According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are 2.6 million low-income families who live in unsafe or unsuitable housing conditions throughout the country. About 10% – 250,000 – of these families live within the Charter Communications footprint.
We’re on a mission to combat this crisis, through our national philanthropic initiative Charter our Community. Charter our Community provides education, resources and financial support to improve unsafe and unhealthy homes across the United States
Our goal: improving 25,000 homes in the communities we serve by 2020.
Why Charter our Community? Through our products and services, Charter employees have countless daily interactions with our customers, right in their homes and neighborhoods.
“At Charter, we know the importance of home and believe it is critical to enhance home safety within the communities in which we live and work,” says Charter CEO Tom Rutledge. “Through volunteering our time and support, we hope to inspire others to join our mission by learning more and getting involved in their communities.”
Charter our Community’s lead partner in this effort is Rebuilding Together, a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Rebuilding Together helps to transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing their communities.
Through Rebuilding Together, we’ve rebuilt homes in communities from coast-to-coast. Working with the American Red Cross, we’re improving family fire preparedness by installing home smoke detectors. Teaming up with Lowe’s – and Rebuilding Together – we created the Charter our Community Safe & Healthy Home Kit, which features easy-to-install and use home safety products. And we’re partnering with programmers like HGTV and ION Television to provide homeowners with other resources and ways to get involved.
Since we launched Charter our Community in December 2014, we’ve improved 1,088 homes and 1,134 Charter employees have volunteered 5,428 hours of their time.
But as much as we’ve accomplished in the first year of the initiative, we’re just getting started. We invite you to join us in our efforts. Learn more and find out how you can take action at CharterOurCommunity.com.