In February, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 2, in conjunction with a group of fellow trade unions and builders, announced the continuation of a new and successful stimulus program that “focuses on putting people back to work and giving consumers a great deal,” according to the released announcement.
It’s called the Neighborhoods Built by Your Neighbors program and it provides $2,000 – $10,000 in cash (depending on the purchase price of the home) to buyers for use at closing. The cash incentives are provided by a partnership fund supported by local labor organizations and home builders. The participating unions are the local IUPAT, Plumbers & Pipefitters, Electrical Workers, Sheet Metal Workers, Bricklayers, Laborers, Operating Engineers and the Carpenters. The local home builders are Centex, Pulte, McBride and Son Homes, Fischer & Frichtel, Consort Homes, McKelvey Homes, Payne Family Homes and Bridgewater Communities.
“This is a remarkable program to give the local economy a boost by not only selling more homes, but by getting so many of our local workers back on the job,” said Joe Barrett, business manager/secretary-treasurer of IUPAT District Council 2 in St. Louis.
At the time of this writing, builders have reported increased sales for the month of February. Although the program is exclusive to participating builders’ communities in Missouri, it is hoped that the success of this program will inspire other labor and employer groups elsewhere to launch their own programs.
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