New grant bolsters Memphis Habitat work in South Memphis; free home safety devices for 75 residents

Backstory: It was August when we shared the news that the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis nonprofit planned to build 12 new houses in the Magnolia-Castalia Heights communities of South Memphis this fall. Residents have already witnessed the first four houses near completion this month, with work on the next four already underway.

What’s happening: As if the benefits of more affordable home ownership opportunities weren’t enough, the Memphis Habitat organization and community partners at the Magnolia-Castalia Community Association (MCCA) have more good news to share with residents there. A select group of 75 residents of the Magnolia-Castalia Heights communities will receive free home safety and security devices, this thanks to Habitat’s ongoing relationship with the Ring home security and smart home device company. The Amazon-owned company has also provided a $12,900 grant to Memphis Habitat, which will support community clean-ups and MCCA projects.

What’s next: A private event this Saturday, Sept. 30, will see 75 Magnolia-Castalia Heights residents receive free Ring Video Doorbells, smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and steering wheel locks. Ring has been outfitting each new Habitat home built in the U.S. with Ring Video Doorbells and life-time Ring Protect Plan subscriptions since 2020, and this current program extends those benefits to Habitat neighbors.

What they’re saying: “Memphis Habitat has worked in Castalia Heights since 2019, building new homes with affordable mortgages and working alongside residents on other community projects. We are proud to continue that work in this area because community members are so invested in creating positive change,” says Ashley Jones, M.P.A., Memphis Habitat community development manager. “We want to thank Ring for its grant which will help strengthen community safety and support resident leadership and community-identified priorities for neighborhood improvement.”

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