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Airway Heights, WA— On Tuesday, December 7, a celebration ceremony took place at Highland Village in Airway Heights during the lunch hour. This month, construction at Highland Village, a twenty-acre development in Airway Heights, is nearly complete, and the first residents will be moving in as early as December 15. Highland Village is a collaborative effort among the City of Airway Heights, Spokane County, Community Frameworks, Habitat for Humanity, and Greenstone Homes to build a mixed-income community of multifamily rental and homeownership homes.

The Highland Village is a multi-year effort. The first phase includes a mix of 24 multifamily and single-family rental homes to be completed by Community Frameworks. Habitat for Humanity has plans to create homeownership opportunities for ten families. The rental homes and the Habitat homes will be available beginning in December. Additional phases of Highland Village will continue through 2025.

This initiative aims to provide rental and homeownership opportunities for individuals and families with lower incomes (to qualify, applicants must meet income guidelines). One of the primary audiences for the new housing at Highland Village is the residents living in mobile home parks near Fairchild Air Force Base. City and County officials are focused on creating alternative housing solutions for safety reasons and the need to protect the long-term interests of Fairchild Air Force Base, one of the region’s largest employers.

“Habitat for Humanity is committed to providing safe, quality, and energy-efficient homes that are affordable for qualified partner families and individuals,” commented Michelle Girardot, Chief Executive Officer for Habitat for Humanity. “We are thrilled that the Highland Village Development is finally coming to fruition after years of hard work and perseverance. We are grateful for all of the partners that contributed to making this a community of opportunity as we welcome home its newest neighbors,” said Girardot.

“Community Frameworks will offer new rental homes to 24 families and individuals who will be able to have rent payments that allow them to live within their means,” said Deb Elzinga, CEO at Community Frameworks. “The last year of dealing with the pandemic, we’ve all come to realize the importance of home, and we are so glad to be able to offer these high quality, affordable rental home options,” commented Elzinga.

ABOUT COMMUNITY FRAMEWORKS:

Community Frameworks is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create affordable housing as a catalyst to help communities thrive. With offices in Spokane and Bremerton, Washington, CF primarily serves the state of Washington with a full range of housing development services and provides housing intermediary services in Idaho, Oregon, and Montana. 

Community Frameworks believes that a quality, affordable place to call home is a great predictor of individual and family success. With a suitable place to live in a safe neighborhood, a person is better able to focus on work, health and education, and can get to know and help their neighbors.  With a stable foundation, people succeed and vibrant and thriving communities are born.

Community Frameworks has also been responsive to a wide range of community housing needs, including homeless shelters, affordable rentals, and affordable homeownership options. 

For more information about Community Frameworks, visit our website: www.communityframeworks.org.

ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY-SPOKANE:

Habitat for Humanity-Spokane is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity-Spokane began in 1987. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat-Spokane brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers, complete sweat equity, attend homebuyer workshops, save for closing costs, and pay an affordable mortgage. Habitat-Spokane is an equal opportunity housing provider.

We believe affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat-spokane.org and follow @HFHSpokane on Twitter and @HabitatSpokane on Facebook.