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Habitat family at their home dedication in October.

Habitat for Humanity-Spokane dedicates three homes in time for the holidays

On Thursday, just in time for the holidays, three families that have partnered with Habitat for Humanity-Spokane will receive the keys to homes they helped build alongside volunteers and will begin paying an affordable mortgage. The new homes are in the Hope Meadows community in Deer Park.

With the help of volunteers and donors who offered a hand up, Ramon worked hard to build the house that he will call home. “I’ve never owned a home before,” Ramon said. “I want to thank everyone involved for their help. I have met some amazing people and have loved working with everyone.” Prior to receiving his house keys Ramon, like all Habitat Homeowners, completed 500 hours of sweat equity, took home buyer workshops, and saved $4,000 toward closing costs. Moving into a Habitat home means Ramon will achieve the stability and self-reliance he needs for a better future.

With a little help we all have the potential to stand on our own. Three Habitat homes, each complete with a Christmas tree and homemade ornaments, will be blessed by Habitat-Spokane donors and volunteers. The dedication ceremony begins at 1:00 PM Thursday, December 13 at 410 E ‘I’ St in Deer Park, WA.

The dedication is open to the public and will include remarks by CEO Michelle Girardot, comments from each new Habitat homeowner, followed by light refreshments and tours of the homes. Six-year-old Christopher, a child of a Habitat homeowner, will play holiday music on his violin while leading dedication attendees from home to home.

“Habitat for Humanity-Spokane builds year-round and the opportunity for a December home dedication is quite special to us.” said Michelle Girardot, CEO for Habitat for Humanity-Spokane.

“There really isn’t a better feeling than being Home for the Holidays with the ones you love. The homes in Hope Meadows are a hand-up for three new homeowners, and an opportunity for each to achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through homeownership. This dedication is also a time for all of us to recommit to addressing the need for affordable housing in our community.”

Since our founding in 1987, Habitat-Spokane has helped people living in poor conditions build and improve places to call home. Today more than 310 families are experiencing stability that leads to better, affordable living conditions, improved health, stronger childhood development, and increased financial independence.

Ramon, 63, is one of the homebuyers who will receive the keys to his new Habitat home this Thursday. Previously, he needed to rely on subsidized housing in order to pay rent. As a Habitat homeowner paying an affordable mortgage, he will no longer need that assistance.

For more information about our homeownership program, please contact our Family Services Department at familyservices@habitat-spokane.org or call (509) 534-2552. Or join us for a Homeowner Informational Meeting the first Thursday of the month. Visit www.habitat-spokane.org to learn more.

Habitat’s work is made possible thanks to its donors, supporters and the more than 6,400 volunteers who worked alongside families to build or improve a place to call home. Special thanks to Asuris, Banner Bank, Spokane Home Builders Association, America General Contractors Apprenticeship Program, Cameron Riley Concrete, Central Pre-Mix, M & L Construction, SRM Development, Integrus Architecture, Ziggy’s, and Inter-Mountain Testing.