JBS Grand Island Breaks Ground on Hometown Strong Affordable Housing Project

Press Release Jul 14, 2022
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JBS USA is providing an update on how its Hometown Strong funds are being invested in Grand Island, Neb.

JBS USA recently contributed $200,000 in Hometown Strong funding toward an affordable housing project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. This investment will fund construction of two new homes – after which, Habitat will use the mortgage payments to fund additional home-building into perpetuity.

On Sat., July 9, JBS Grand Island hosted a groundbreaking for the second home, which is estimated to be completed this fall. The first house is already in progress and will be unveiled during a special dedication ceremony in early August.

“We are proud to break ground on this housing project, which will help local families in their pursuit of homeownership,” said Mathew Trowbridge, JBS Grand Island General Manager. “Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity means that families can achieve their dream of owning a home without some of the obstacles that often stand in the way.”

"We are grateful to JBS for sponsoring our 112th Habitat house in Grand Island,” said Alyssa Heady, Executive Director of the Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity. “Hometown Strong was designed to strengthen local communities, and we will see that goal achieved with every nail as this piece of land is turned into a home. We couldn't provide safe, decent, affordable housing without great community partners like JBS."

JBS Grand Island’s total Hometown Strong investment is $5.25MM, and a full list of ongoing projects approved to date is available here.

The JBS Grand Island beef production facility employs more than 3,600 people with an annual payroll of more than $160 million. The facility supports more than 675 local producers, paying them more than $2.2 billion per year for their livestock.

Hometown Strong is a $100 million initiative that was developed to strengthen the communities where JBS operates. Funds are being directed to the communities where JBS team members live and work in the U.S. and Canada. Hometown Strong is one of the largest community investment programs of its kind.