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Posted on May 31, 2016

Habitat home breaks ground

Staff report
Upper Columbia Basin Habitat for Humanity held a ground-breaking ceremony recently as it prepares to build a new home in Quincy.
Juan and Maria Castro, the soon-to-be new homeowners, were among 16 families who applied to partner with the Habitat program in the construction of a new home. They were joined at the May 22 ceremony by their daughters Eli and Madeline. The ceremony was at the site of the future home, 28 D St. N.W.
Don Mead, project manager, said he hopes building on the home begins next month. However, Habitat for Humanity is still gathering the volunteers needed. Mead expects construction to take from six to eight months.
The last time Habitat for Humanity built a home in Quincy was about five years ago, Mead said. The national organization builds sustainable, affordable housing all over the world for families living in substandard housing.
Families are chosen by need, financial ability and their willingness to partner with Habitat to help build a home. The families and volunteers contribute over 500 hours of labor to the project, according to a press release from Upper Columbia Basin Habitat for Humanity. Homeowners assume an interest-free mortgage from Habitat to repay the costs of the building materials.
The local Habitat Thrift Store’s proceeds, along with the proceeds from the mortgage payments from previous Habitat-built homes, provide most of the cost of the materials, according to the organization. Some materials are donated.
Call Mead at 398-1267 if you interested in volunteering with construction.
Volunteers can call 787-2144 to help in the Habitat Thrift Store.

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