More New Home Owner Opportunities at Habitat for Humanity in Sunriver/La Pine

Newberry Habitat is working to create more opportunities for Home Owners

By T. Myers

As one season of building passes its halfway mark, it is already planning time for the next year’s home builds. The local Newberry Habitat for Humanity affiliate is moving through the qualifying part of the applicants who applied for consideration for the Homeowner Program. While the actual people who are in the process of qualifying are busy with documentation, classes that will help them prepare for homeownership and financial management of their homes, and looking to realize their dream of owning their own home, the folks at “Admin Central” (the main office) have to do just as much work to find properties that are suitable for Habitat neighborhoods, go through a set of processes themselves to permit and develop property and then raise the funds that will let them proceed with the plans they make. All funds must be secured prior to each build so that the materials and guidance meet the volunteers in the middle when it is time to go to work!

During the off season after the home dedications at the end of fall, there is also extensive planning about how to find and organize volunteers who are skilled and ready for another home build. There is planning to set up skill building classes that teach newbies and do it yourselfers how to do projects and the classes cover everything from basic plumbing, sheet rocking and framing a house from the foundation up!

The La Pine ReStore works throughout the year- with no breaks, taking donations for resale at the local La Pine ReStore. They organize the sale of these items and the proceeds are used for the support of the builds. For two years, the store has helped build two houses each year.

That is two new families investing in our community and adding to the economy of the community for years to come.

Habitat for Humanity has a mission to provide safe and affordable homes for qualified people. It is a hand up, not a hand out and the folks who qualify are also responsible for working along with the volunteers and contractors, and then they make their house payments like everyone else over the mortgage period. That is correct. Habitat does not give these homes away and the people who qualify actually pay for the houses they earn the right to buy!

Applications for homeownership start with a short, two page qualifier that is relatively simple to fill out. The applications are available at the main office or at the La Pine ReStore on HWY 97.

Once a person qualifies for a home, the entire homeowner program goes into effect with help and guidance coming from the family committee, the selection committee, the board of directors, the volunteers and construction crews and General Contractor. No one builds alone and no one gets into a house without needed help to learn what it will take to be a responsible homeowner.

If you would like to build La Pine one home at a time, call to donate cash, used items for resale or hours of your time to make a difference and be part of a great team. Call Dan Varcoe 541-771-9177 for info. Check out our websites: www.newberryhabitat.org or www.lapinerestore.org.


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