Habitat for Humanity project gets $79K grant for housing

Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County received $79,000 in funding on Dec. 6 to help build new, affordable housing as part of “Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity in 2011.”

The Thrivent Builds grant will fund construction of a house during 2011 in Maloney Heights, Habitat’s new neighborhood in west Port Angeles, as one of two homes the organization plans to build next year.  

Maloney Heights is a 15-lot subdivision being developed through a partnership with the local Habitat affiliate, Serenity House and the city of Port Angeles. 

Serenity House, also a low-income housing provider, has completed a 28-unit apartment complex on the site, designed for the chronically homeless and scheduled for occupancy later this month.  

More Habitat homes planned
The other 14 lots will be Habitat homesites. Underground infrastructure for the entire subdivision is complete and above ground infrastructure such as streets, sidewalks and stormwater retention is in plan review with the city. Home construction is expected to commence next spring.

In 2011, Thrivent Financial, through its unique partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, will surpass more than $150 million in its total commitment over six years to create affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County already has built two homes, one in 2007 and another in 2008, with grants from the Thrivent Builds program.

“The Thrivent Builds partnership has helped us increase the number of families served in our community,” said Maitland Peet, executive director, Habitat for Humanity in Clallam County. “We are so grateful for Thrivent Financial’s support of our efforts to provide decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need.”

Thrivent commitment

Nationally, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans announced a commitment of $10.4 million to Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity and its homebuilding program, continuing its support of Habitat’s mission for a sixth year.

This funding will make the construction of 164 additional homes in 33 states possible.

Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County builds modest affordable housing for qualifying working families currently living in substandard housing.

The organization seeks to eliminate poverty housing in Clallam County, to ensure that all of the county’s
citizens have a decent place to live and raise their children and to make affordable housing a matter of conscience for everyone in the area.

Habitat for Humanity surpassed its 400,000 house milestone during its most recent fiscal year. Since the nonprofit organization was founded in 1976, its self-help, hand-up model has resulted in rehabbed, repaired or new housing for more than 2 million people worldwide.



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