by Katie Orlando



The Hope House can now devote fewer resources to heating and power costs and concentrate even more on serving homeless women and children, thanks to a donation to improve its energy efficiency.

The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency donated $45,000 to Hope House for energy efficiency renovations in memory of Bill Lackey, Jr., an agency board member and Hope House supporter. With this donation, Hope House upgraded its heating and air conditioning systems and thoroughly insulated the 4,000 square-foot house.

“Not only will these energy improvements make Hope House more comfortable for its residents, but it will make the house more economical to operate going forward, continuing its mission in years to come,” agency Executive Director Bob Kucab said in a news release.

Hope House will track its energy savings in the coming year.

Lackey, who lived in Cornelius, died last December. His wife, Barbara Broadway Lackey, has volunteered at Hope House as a resident advisor since the house opened in January 2010.

“It really became clear to us at Bill’s funeral how committed Bill and his wife were to this home,” Kucab said. “To be able to reduce energy costs and make the home more livable seemed like the best way we could honor Bill’s memory.”

Broadway Lackey, Hope House organizers, agency board members, North Carolina Speaker of the House Tom Tillis and community members gathered for the dedication of the donation and completed renovations Monday, Nov. 21.

“We are trying to figure out more ways to get more money and help support people,” Tillis said Thursday. “This is one step of many that we’ve just got to keep on taking.”

Agency board Chairman Sam Ewell, Jr. presented Broadway Lackey with a resolution of the board’s appreciation of Lackey’s contributions. He also unveiled a five-zone clock, to remain in Hope House, memorializing Lackey and marking this contribution. The five time zones on the clock mark special places in Barbara and Bill Lackey’s lives.

Hope House is currently at capacity, housing six women and six children, ranging from 7 months to 17 years. Hope House serves homeless women and children in the Lake Norman area, providing a home for six months and helping women transition to new jobs and affordable housing. Hope House helps women access services and resources to become more productive and self-sufficient, according to a news release.

The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency works more on the brick and mortar, financing side of a similar mission, Kucab said. The self-supporting public agency creates affordable housing opportunities for struggling North Carolinians, according to a news release.

Advanced Energy conducted the energy assessment on the house. S.A. Sloop upgraded the heating and air conditioning. The Austin Company did insulation. Lake Norman Flooring installed indoor-outdoor carpet on the home’s stairs, and Cox Door Company installed an energy-efficient garage door.

For more information on Hope House, visit www.HopeHouseFoundation.org. To learn more about the housing finance agency, visit www.NCHFA.com.