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Janessa with Viking Homes and SHBA

July 8, 10:00 am

405 E. J Street, Deer Park, WA 99006

SPOKANE, Wash. – Get an exclusive, behind the sticks, sneak peek of the work Viking Homes, Spokane Home Builders, Copper River Homes and Gold Seal Plumbing have been doing for Janessa, a partner with Habitat.

On January 17, 2019 Viking Homes and SHBA announced they will sponsor and build a Habitat for Humanity home. This unique home-build is a partnership with local builders and industry professionals to build, in an accelerated timeline, and deliver a fully-finished home at no cost to Habitat for Humanity. A low-income family who has completed Habitat’s Homeownership Program will then purchase the home paying no more than 30% of their monthly income toward their mortgage payments. 

Viking Homes, a member of SHBA, will serve as the lead builder for the project, providing funding for the home, which will be built in the Hope Meadows community in Deer Park, WA.

Owner of Viking Homes, Ryan Olson, said he got involved with the project because it aligns with his family’s values.

“My father worked his entire life to help as many people as he could achieve the dream of homeownership,” Ryan said. “We are honored to have the opportunity to do this with SHBA and Habitat for Humanity.”

Joel White, Executive Officer at SHBA, shared his excitement for the official Kick Off day, “I’m really proud on behalf of Spokane Home Builders Association and our 750 members to serve this community,” Joel said. “We share the same passion for affordable homeownership as Habitat for Humanity, and we are very excited that Viking Homes has stepped up and made this project a reality.”

The future Habitat homeowner, Janessa, can’t wait for closing day on her home.

“When we broke ground in May, I was overwhelmed with joy.” Janessa said. “It’s been a journey and I’m grateful to the donors and Habitat supporters. I can really picture my family here.” 

Janessa partnered with Habitat-Spokane after learning about the Homeownership Program through another local non-profit. She was accepted into the program based on her need, her ability to pay an affordable mortgage, and her willingness to partner with Habitat. As part of that partnership, Janessa has worked hard toward achieving her dream of homeownership, completing approximately 300 out of 500 hours of her required sweat equity while also attending—and recently graduating from—college and working to support her family.

Construction of Janessa’s home will take place over the next few months and be featured at SHBA’s Fall Festival of Homes in September.

When asked what she is most looking forward to after purchasing her Habitat home, Janessa said, “Not having to live in a small apartment with all my kids. Just having space for my kids to grow and thrive. Being able to make our home our own and knowing we won’t have to move.”

Viking Homes and SHBA’s partnership with Habitat-Spokane means the house will be built at no cost to Habitat. Sales of Habitat homes to qualified homebuyers go back into a revolving fund to build more Habitat homes.

The festivities will begin at 10:00 am on Monday, July 8 and include testimony from future Habitat homeowner Janessa and remarks from SHBA Executive Officer Joel White and Habitat for Humanity CDO Lydia Duffy.

Habitat-Spokane would like to recognize all partners who have committed to support Home Builders Blitz as of kickoff: Air Design, Arrow Kitchen and Bath, Audette Flooring, Band Construction, Builders First Choice, C&K Roofing, Cascade Cleaning, Cascade Gutters, Champion Concrete Pumping and Conveying, Colors Inc., Copper River, Cruiz Construction, D&S Carpentry, Dew Drop Landscaping, Fred’s Appliances, Gold Seal Plumbing, Henderson Drywall, Homestyles Lighting, Huntwood, Interstate Concrete and Asphalt, Millionis Custom Homes, Nation Serve Garage Door, Parr Lumber, PlyGem, Provident Electric, Specialty Insulation, Spokane Home Builders Association, Stoneway Supply, The Truss Co., Thomas Plumbing, Viking Homes, Wausau.

If you are interested in being a part of Home Builders Blitz or would like to learn more, visit: https://habitat-spokane.org/hbb/