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Telamon Housing Partnership

RAI and its operating companies recognize the importance of good living conditions for farm workers. Our companies support tobacco growers’ efforts to provide their workers with safe working environments and well-maintained living conditions. To help improve housing for migrant workers, RAI partnered with the Telamon Corporation, a Raleigh, N.C.-based private non-profit.

Since 2013, RAI has contributed $790,000 to Telamon Corporation for use in their matching-grant program, which supports grower efforts to improve the condition of housing on North Carolina tobacco farms and labor contractor housing facilities. The program is modeled after a U.S. Department of Labor Program and includes improvements such as: 

  • Air-conditioning;
  • Septic systems;
  • Windows and insulation;
  • Bathroom and kitchen appliances; and
  • Remodeling.

To date, the program has improved housing for nearly 2,700 farmworkers, regardless of whether the grower who employs them does business with our companies.