More volunteers are needed for a two-week event building affordable homes in Spokane County.[SPOKANE, Wash.] – Habitat for Humanity-Spokane’s 22nd annual Blitz Build kicks off Monday, June 5, at 8:30 am in Deer Park at their Hope Meadows development, and they need volunteers to help them fill shifts for the two-week event.
Hundreds of supporters throughout the community come together in support of Blitz Build each year. Volunteers, sponsorship groups, businesses, and community leaders partner with Habitat for Humanity-Spokane by swinging hammers and raising the walls to safe, healthy, affordable homes and communities.
“Blitz Build is an exciting time for Habitat-Spokane and the families who partner with us,” said Michelle Girardot, CEO of Habitat for Humanity-Spokane. “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 buy a home they can afford in Spokane.”
While Habitat-Spokane builds and rehabilitates homes year-round, Blitz Build is an accelerated construction effort that doubles as an opportunity to raise funds and awareness of our community’s affordable housing crisis. This year, Habitat opened the job site to accommodate 30 volunteers each shift to help the construction team quickly build two homes in Deer Park.
Right now, Spokane County has very few affordable housing options available for moderate-income families. Over the last 36 years, Habitat-Spokane’s Homeownership Program has provided a viable solution to affordable homeownership – and they have plans to complete 25 homes by the end of the year.
Though a common misconception, Habitat homes are not free. Families and individuals that partner with Habitat purchase their homes after completing the program and pay an affordable mortgage of no more than 30% of their income. Each family invests 250 hours throughout the process, creating better outcomes for themselves through the stability that owning a home offers.
In celebration of their 22nd Blitz Build, Habitat-Spokane is asking for volunteers to sign up and help them raise the walls to two more affordable homes at their Hope Meadows development in Deer Park. Registration is $50 and includes a t-shirt, snacks, lunch, and special programming. This fundraising build event directly contributes to building affordable homes for families in Habitat-Spokane’s Homeownership Program!
Finally, the highlight of Blitz Build is a double Home Dedication for two local single mothers who will receive the keys to their homes on the last Friday of the event. All are invited to join in the celebration of homeownership for these hardworking moms!
Friday, June 16, 2023
Hope Meadows, Deer Park, WA 99006
A Double Home Dedication for Jessica and Michelle
Sponsorship for Blitz Build’s 22nd annual event is generously provided by: SRM Development, Travelers Insurance, Washington Trust Bank, Central Pre-Mix, Bank of Idaho, Banner Bank, Flynn, Goodale & Barbieri, Interstate Concrete & Asphalt, Mangia Catering, Horizon Credit Union, Keurig DrPepper, Walmart, and Flowers Baking Co.
ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY-SPOKANE:
Since 1987, Habitat for Humanity-Spokane continues to provide unique opportunities for homeownership for low- to moderate-income households. We are driven by our mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community, and hope. For 35 years, Habitat continues to be the leader in affordable homeownership programming and new construction in Spokane County; completing over 398 units of new and rehabbed construction housing. Now more than ever, Habitat-Spokane is committed to making safe, decent, and affordable homeownership our top priority with the promotion of economic mobility and communities of opportunity for qualified low- to moderate-income buyers.
Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat-spokane.org and follow @HFHSpokane on Twitter and @HabitatSpokane on Facebook.