Travelers Fortifies Homes

Travelers partners with Habitat for Humanity® and IBHS to construct affordable, fortified homes in coastal areas

Habitat for Humanity fortified homeDespite losing her home to Hurricane Katrina eight years ago, 32-year-old working single mother Heather Adams decided to keep her family in the area that they considered home. With the help of Travelers, Habitat for Humanity and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), Heather and her two children have moved into a new home in Bay St. Louis, Miss., that is built to fortified standards and will better protect them from future storms.

Adams’ home is one of eight pilot Habitat for Humanity builds in Alabama and Mississippi made possible by grants provided by the Travelers Foundation. Homes in the Travelers Fortifies Habitat Homes program, which was launched in 2012, are constructed in accordance with IBHS’s FORTIFIED construction standards. These construction practices provide practical, meaningful and affordable upgrades to strengthen new and existing structures. Travelers is also funding the development of joint Habitat-IBHS training programs and materials to support Habitat affiliates’ efforts throughout the country to build safer, wind-resistant homes in partnership with low-income families.

Read the Travelers and Habitat for Humanity press release >

Travelers has a long history of supporting Habitat for Humanity’s mission:

  • Travelers and Habitat for Humanity established a national relationship to support builds by Travelers volunteers in 2002, and Travelers’ local support dates back to 1994.
  • Since 2004, Travelers has provided nearly $5 million in support of Habitat.
  • In 2012, Travelers and the Travelers Foundation granted more than $650,000 to help Habitat create affordable housing in partnership with low-income families across the U.S., and Travelers employees provided 3,900 hours of volunteer time to build homes for low-income families in 23 states.


At Travelers, we believe that many risks to life and property can be effectively mitigated by employing smarter community development strategies, including:

  • Constructing more resilient homes,
  • Developing sound disaster preparedness plans,
  • Improving land use planning, and
  • Enhancing building codes.

Learn more about the Travelers Institute’s thought leadership on coastal challenges and disaster preparedness >

Travelers Fortifies Homes

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