Habitat to break ground July 14 for home in 17-house Aurora subdivision

Montgomery-based Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity will break ground Sunday, July 14, for a home its 17-house Green Freedom subdivision on Aurora's west side.

The event at 1921 Jericho Road will open at 1 p.m. with networking. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. Susan, the future homeowner, will join Habitat and local officials, volunteers, project partners and other Habitat homeowners in turning earth with shovels.

Green Freedom, Habitat's 72nd since its founding, is a partnership of Montgomery-based Habitat and Nicor Gas to build a net-zero, carbon neutral, energy efficient smart neighborhood. The project will use only as much energy as it generates by combining natural gas and electric resources.

Nicor will provide natural gas heating, solar panels, tankless water heaters, gas heat pumps and insulated concrete form walls.

The site is 8.5 acres between Lindenwood Avenue and Jericho in Aurora.

“Aurora is focused on IT, innovation, and ingenuity as we strive to be the smartest city in America,” said Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin earlier. “The Aurora-based Nicor Gas Smart Neighborhood is a beacon of light and leadership in smart energy solutions, and its accompanying new educational exhibit will help to inform and inspire our community.”

About Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity

Founded in 1988, Habitat has built or upgraded 72 homes in Aurora, North Aurora, Batavia and Montgomery.

Habitat is a Christian nonprofit based at Genesis Community Church in Montgomery. Genesis Pastor Rev. Jeffrey Barrett is Fox Valley Habitat CEO.

Barrett said, “Habitat is driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live. Since its founding, Fox Valley Habitat has partnered with about 72 families in Aurora, North Aurora, Montgomery and Batavia to provide affordable shelter.”

Fox Valley Habitat is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International of Americus, Ga., a grass-roots effort launched in 1976. The Christian housing organization has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries.

Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home.

Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help Habitat families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.

To learn more, call (630) 859-3333 or visit

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