HPU Donates Vacant Homes To Organizations In Need

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 5, 2010 ? High Point University is doing its part to help community organizations in need, thanks to the donation of several vacant homes on university property.

“High Point University is extending an offer to any non-profit organization or housing authority in the Triad area,” says Dr. Don Scarborough, vice president for Community Relations at HPU. “For more than a year now, the university has been purchasing property in a two-block area adjacent to campus as the future site of a Greek Village.”

Scarborough says that all of the properties have been acquired and the residents have all relocated. Now, the university has 42 vacant houses; the university will donate any or all of these homes to nonprofit organizations.

Organizations interested in acquiring the homes will be responsible for moving the houses onto a vacant lot, and any remaining houses will become available to law enforcement agencies, emergency services and fire departments for training purposes.

“High Point University hopes that some of these homes can be put to good use as residences for those who need a home,” Scarborough says. “If not, we want to help our community ensure that emergency responders will receive practical experience in confronting whatever situation they find. The university has offered these houses to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, emergency services and fire departments for their training purposes.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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