Habitat and Dow
For more than a decade, Jason Cohen has served clients from his group, Jason Cohen Pittsburgh, through which he provides expert advice on real estate investments. An active community volunteer, Jason Cohen has worked with such local charities as the Greater Pittsburgh chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity recently announced 35 years of partnering with the Dow Chemical Company to bring quality, affordable homes to people in need. This year, the two organizations will strive to add even more sustainable building methods, which will help the environment and promote greater self-reliance among homeowners.
Through the partnership, Dow will donate $4 million worth of cutting-edge insulation materials that Habitat will use in both American and Canadian home projects. In 2016, Dow provided similar products to nearly 3,200 Habitat builds, making the homes more energy efficient and less expensive to maintain. This year, the two will partner on 42 different builds in 19 different countries, with Dow kicking in over $1.4 million in financial support.
National Multifamily Housing Council
Working from his group, Jason Cohen Pittsburgh, Jason Cohen consults with clients on making investments in multifamily housing and other types of properties. Apart from responsibilities at his Pittsburgh group, Mr. Cohen supports the National Multifamily Housing Council.
In solidarity with the National Apartment Association (NAA), the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) recently called for Congress to pass legislation to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), sending letters to both the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
In a joint statement, the groups commended the committee for holding hearings on the issue, which represents the first step in the reauthorization process. In particular, they stressed the importance of the program to apartment complexes, whose owners often have access to flood insurance only through the NFIP. In addition to reauthorization, the two groups asked legislators to consider reforming the program in order to modernize FEMA flood maps and include insurance coverage for businesses whose operations are interrupted by disastrous floods.
To read the statement in full, please visit NHMC.org.
Animal Rescue League
Jason Cohen is a Pittsburgh-based business owner in the real estate sector. He also operates a group, Jason Cohen Pittsburgh, which provides real estate-focused consulting services to other investors seeking to acquire real estate. Known for being pet friendly, his company is a proud supporter of the local Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center (ARL).
Operating for more than 100 years, ARL is dedicated to helping companion animals and wildlife in the greater Pittsburgh area. It operates under an open-door policy, meaning that no animal in need is ever turned away. In this way, ARL is able to care for upwards of 13,000 animals each year.
ARL operates a Wildlife Center in addition to its shelter for companion animals. The center cares for injured, orphaned, and sick wild animals until they can be rehabilitated and released into the wild. Caring for almost 4,000 animals annually, the center is able to release healthy animals at nearly twice the national average rate.
Allegheny County Housing Authority
Jason Cohen Pittsburgh is a conceptual group of investors created to assist clients with real estate investments. The group, founded by Jason Cohen, also donates to the Habitat for Humanity.
The Allegheny County Housing Authority (ACHA) began working with the Habitat for Humanity in 2017. The CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh, Howard Slaughter, Jr., announced the sale of five homes and two lots by ACHA will provide housing for eight families.
To buy a house through the Habitat for Humanity program, a buyer must invest 350 hours of time into the program to build up what they call “sweat equity” in addition to their down payment.
Slaughter hopes the five homes will be remodeled and ready for the families by the end of the year, and new homes will be constructed and inhabited by the end of 2018. While the ACHA already facilitates home ownership, Executive Director Frank Aggazio is pleased with the partnership and expects it to provide even more families with the housing they need.