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Habitat seeks qualified applicant for Rifle home

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Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley is looking for a qualified applicant to purchase a three-bedroom house in Rifle.

The previous Habitat family is moving out and selling the single-family residence back to Habitat. The home was constructed in 2010 and, like all Habitat houses, is deed restricted. It also has several energy efficiency upgrades. The application will be open for two weeks beginning April 10.

The organization has first right of refusal on any homes that they've constructed.

"When people make donations to build a Habitat house, they like to know that that house is going to stay with us," said Kristen Wilmes, executive director for Habitat of the Roaring Fork Valley. "But we also want to make sure that our homeowners have the ability to leave if they have a career change or relocate."

Habitat has constructed 14 residences in the area since 2000, with another three under construction and two just about to break ground. In that time, they've bought back only one other property.

Applicants should have an annual income between $24,000 and $57,000, have lived or worked in the area for at least 12 months, and be legal U.S. residents. They should have a "current housing need," which includes substandard conditions and unaffordable rent.

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Homeowners are also required to assist in the construction of the house. Since the Rifle home is already complete, the usual "sweat equity" could take the form of volunteer hours at projects in Silt and Carbondale or at the Habitat ReStore.

To download an application or for more information, visit http://www.habitatroaringfork.org/apply.

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