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Habitat for Humanity-Spokane celebrates its third year of Over the Edge as fundraisers rappel 22 stories to help families build financially affordable homes in Spokane County.

On Saturday, October 14, Habitat for Humanity-Spokane will send fundraisers rappelling over the edge of the tallest building in Spokane to help families find decent and affordable homeownership opportunities.

While a typical event for Habitat includes building homes alongside volunteers on a construction site, Habitat-Spokane will bring awareness to the current housing emergency through this unique approach.

Over the Edge participants will scale the side of a 288-foot building in downtown Spokane while raising money to help build affordable homeownership opportunities for over 60 families in Habitat’s Homeownership Program. Friends, family, and spectators are invited to cheer on rappelers from Wall Street while enjoying food and music, and snap photos in an on-site photo booth. Habitat will also livestream Over the Edge online. 

The fundraising campaign comes when housing costs are still at an ultimate high, and the racial wealth gap has reached its highest in over 40 years. The demand for safe and affordable homes has increased dramatically in Spokane County, with Habitat’s waitlist reaching over 1,500 families hoping for their opportunity to build stability through homeownership.  

“Habitat is determined to meet the growing need and remain a beacon of hope for those who cannot afford a safe and decent home,” says Habitat for Humanity-Spokane’s CEO, Michelle Girardot. “We are positioned to help families build intergenerational wealth through affordable homeownership and other strategic supports, such as developing more inclusive communities, and transforming our neighborhoods lacking resources into areas full of opportunity.”

While the median home sales price in Spokane is squeezing low- to moderate-income buyers out of the market altogether, Habitat’s financing model, coupled with permanent affordability, allows modest-income families a chance at buying a safe, decent, and affordable home. 

Over the Edge is made possible thanks to Habitat’s Presenting Sponsor, Subaru of Spokane – A Lithia Store.

The team at Subaru of Spokane said, “We are excited to continue our partnership with Habitat for Humanity for the Over the Edge event!”

Subaru retailers nationwide are dedicated to giving back to their communities all year, and they support hometown charities close to their hearts.

A few Over the Edge spots remain – there is still time to register and fundraise! Registration is only $50 and goes towards the fundraising minimum of $1,000. Habitat staff are happy to help rappelers reach their fundraising goals, and participants will have until November 14, 2023 (an entire month after the event), to raise funds. 

For more information, to register, donate, or for sponsorship information, visit habitat-spokane.org/over-the-edge. 

Thank you to this year’s Over the Edge Sponsors: Subaru of Spokane – A Lithia Store, Clearwater Paper, The Inlander,  and Redstone Group.

Families empowered to help themselves.

Habitat for Humanity is a partnership — families that partner with Habitat help build and renovate their own homes alongside volunteers and community partners. After completing the program, they BUY their home and pay an affordable mortgage payments are never more than 30% of their income.


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 36 years, Habitat continues to be the leader in affordable homeownership programming and new construction in Spokane County; completing over 400 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.


Since 2008, Over The Edge has raised over $125 million with non-profit partners and hosted over 1200 successful rappelling events with a 14-year safety track record, including several events in Spokane in the early 2000s.