June 6, 2016

Assurant Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Build Home for Family in Need

AUSTIN, Texas, June 6, 2016 –- Assurant employees came together with family and friends on Saturday to build a new home for a deserving local family with Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County.

More than 60 volunteers spent the morning constructing interior and exterior walls, under the direction of seasoned Habitat volunteers and staff, at a worksite set up in the parking lot of the Assurant Field Asset Services offices in Austin.

“We are proud to continue our legacy of partnering with Habitat for Humanity -- they are a fantastic organization that is making a real difference in our community,” said Rob Cooper, managing director of Assurant Field Asset Services. “Building key parts of the home right here at our site allowed more of our employees to participate in this fulfilling volunteer opportunity.”

The panels they constructed will form the framework of a home for LaQuesha Graham and her 5-year-old son.  Ms. Graham is currently renting an apartment in Hutto that is half the size of her future Habitat home, at almost twice the monthly cost of her new mortgage. She works in the retail industry, and is looking forward to owning a home where she can build equity and monthly savings – rather than paying high rent – so she can go to nursing school. 

Each Assurant Field Asset Services volunteer had an opportunity to sign the frame with good wishes for the Graham family – a Habitat for Humanity tradition.  Upon completion of the panels, Assurant employees, family and friends posed for a group picture with the family and the beginnings of their new home.  Donations from the Assurant Foundation funded the construction materials. 

Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County offers home ownership opportunities for low-income families who cannot get conventional home financing. Donated land, material and labor are required to make such homes a reality. Families selected for Habitat home ownership invest 300–500 hours of “sweat equity” to help build their own home, which they purchase via a zero-interest mortgage, and help build the homes of others in the program.  For more information, visit www.williamsonhabitat.org.

About Assurant  
Assurant Field Asset Services is part of Assurant Inc. (NYSE: AIZ), a global provider of risk management solutions, protecting where consumers live and the goods they buy. A Fortune 500 company, Assurant focuses on the housing and lifestyle markets, and is among the market leaders in mobile device protection; extended service contracts; vehicle protection; pre-funded funeral insurance; renters insurance; lender-placed homeowners insurance; and mortgage valuation and field services. With approximately $30 billion in assets as of March 31, 2016, and $8 billion in annual revenue for the year ended 2015, Assurant is located in 16 countries, while its Assurant Foundation works to support and improve communities. Learn more at assurant.com or on Twitter @AssurantNews.

Media Contact:
Robert Byrd
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Assurant Specialty Property
770.763.2319 (office) 678.451.0227 (cell)
robert.byrd@assurant.com