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Habitat provides low-income housing

Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley has received land for a duplex lot in Carbondale from a project called Cleveland Place. Habitat has already selected one family as one of the partners for this home. A selection process is about to begin to find another family. Habitat selects families that purchase homes from HFHRFV using criteria set forth by both Habitat for Humanity International and the local affiliate. Habitat is seeking low-income families that have the goal of becoming independent homeowners but cannot obtain conventional financing.An applicant must meet several requirements. Applicants must:• live or work within the Roaring Fork Valley, defined as anywhere between Parachute and Aspen.• have the ability to pay, with an annual family income between $18,000 and $35,000, as verified by tax returns.• have a need, meaning they are living in substandard housing as defined by Habitat International• be willing to partner with Habitat, working on their own home and with the Habitat affiliate.The family selection process begins with an orientation, at which time the guidelines and philosophy of Habitat for Humanity are explained. Orientations for the upcoming family selection process are at 6:30 p.m. today, at the Re-2 Learning Opportunities Center, 839 Whiteriver Ave., Rifle; and 6:30 p.m. June 2, at Carbondale Town Hall.Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley works hard to select families to partner with that not only meet the guidelines, but also ones whose lives will be the most positively impacted by the “simple decent housing” Habitat strives to create. For more information, call the Habitat office at 963-8555. Construction of the duplex should begin this summer, and Habitat will select a second family by the end of the summer. HFHRFV strives to create homeownership opportunities for lower-income families in the Roaring Fork Valley by offering simple, decent houses at below-market prices, with a no-interest, no-down-payment loan. The organization is able to do this by using volunteer labor, (including that of the homeowner) and private tax deductible donations of money and materials. Although it is a nonprofit ecumenical Christian organization, every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selections. You can become a vital part of this process. Several committees always welcome new members, including site selection, family selection, construction, family support, public relations, and fund raising. When construction begins, volunteers are needed for on-site construction of the home. The construction of a Habitat home is truly a community project. Donations of labor and materials are always needed, as well as financial contributions.One of the biggest hurdles in building much-needed housing for low-income families in this area is accessibility to affordable land. In order to facilitate obtaining more affordable land, the local affiliate recently expanded its territory outside the Roaring Fork Valley, so that it now encompasses the area from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to the Interstate70 corridor to Parachute. HFHRFV encourages companies, organizations and individuals to support the organization by donating money and construction materials or by volunteering their time. HFHRFV has already placed two families in homes, one in Emma, in 2001, and one in Glenwood, in 2003. Both families have been excellent Habitat partners.Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” runs every other Wednesday. For news tips and inspirations, contact her at 945-8515, ext. 513, or e-mailkvasilakis@postindependent.com.

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