A two-week event building affordable homes in Spokane County ends with a home dedication for three partner families.[Spokane, WA]: Habitat for Humanity-Spokane’s 21st annual Blitz Build kicked off last week and will close the event with a special home dedication for three partner families this Friday, June 17th at 12:00PM.
On average, approximately 1000 supporters throughout the community come together in support of Blitz Build each year. Volunteers, sponsorship groups, businesses, and community leaders who are willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity-Spokane and support affordable homeownership work side-by-side with current and future Habitat homeowners to build decent, affordable homes for families in need.
“Blitz Build is an exciting time for Habitat-Spokane and the families who partner with us. Nearly 2 of 5 households in Spokane are considered “cost-burdened,” and are spending more than 30% of their income on housing costs – Habitat is a beacon of hope for those hoping to own a home they can afford in Spokane.”Michelle Girardot, CEO for Habitat for Humanity-Spokane
While Habitat-Spokane builds homes year-round, Blitz Build is an accelerated construction effort. For Habitat, it’s also an opportunity to raise more awareness of the affordable housing crisis our community faces and show how Habitat is a direct solution.
Right now, Spokane County has very few affordable housing options available for low-to-moderate-income families, sitting at less than a 1% vacancy rate. Over the last 35 years, Habitat-Spokane’s Homeownership Program has provided a viable solution to affordable homeownership – despite the challenging market conditions.
Families who partner with Habitat complete 250 hours of sweat equity, building their own homes and the homes of their future neighbors. They purchase their home and pay an affordable mortgage no more than 30% of their income. Each family invests in creating better outcomes for themselves through the stability that owning a home offers.
Everyone is welcome to join Habitat-Spokane at the home dedication this Friday, June 17th at 12:00 pm online at https://habitat-spokane.org/dedications/ or in person at Habitat’s Hope Meadows development in Deer Park, WA: 1028 S. Margaret St, Deer Park, WA 99006.
While Blitz Build is coming to a close, Habitat for Humanity-Spokane is in need of volunteers all year long. Sign up to volunteer at:
Habitat for Humanity is consistently trying to solve the cost to build for the organization while keeping these costs affordable. Donating to Habitat’s efforts helps to propel partner families across the finish line and into their safe, decent, energy-efficient, and affordable homes. https://habitat-spokane.org/donate-now
Sponsorship for Blitz Build’s 21st Annual event is generously provided by:
CRH Americas Materials Northwest (Central Pre-Mix, and Interstate Concrete & Asphalt), Banner Bank, Washington Trust Bank, Spokane Hardware Supply, US Bank, SRM Development, Goodale & Barbieri, PayTrace, Numerica Credit Union, and Reliance.
Thank you to our community partners and in-kind donors that also made this event possible:
The AGC, North Stake, Trader Joe’s, St. Davids, First Baptist Church of Deer Park, Traveler’s Insurance, Ziggy’s, NEWTech Prep, Sysco, the Inlander, Spokane Association of Realtors, Mountain West Bank, KREM, FHBL Des Moines, Washington State Housing Finance Commission, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Empowering families to help themselves
Habitat for Humanity is a partnership — families buy the houses that Habitat builds and renovates. Families that partner with Habitat-Spokane work hard to build a better life for themselves – and their children. Partner families spend 250 hours helping build their own homes and take financial education classes (provided for free by Habitat) where they learn how to improve their credit, pay off debt, and save money. When they have completed all the program requirements, they purchase their Habitat home at an affordable price – mortgage payments are never more than 30% of their income.
ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY-SPOKANE:
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity-Spokane began in 1987. Habitat-Spokane aims to put God’s love into action and brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Families and individuals in need of a hand-up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Future Habitat homeowners work alongside volunteers, earn sweat equity, attend homebuyer workshops, save for closing costs, and pay an affordable mortgage. Habitat-Spokane is an equal opportunity housing provider.
Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat-spokane.org and follow @HFHSpokane on Twitter and @HabitatSpokane on Facebook.