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Habitat for Humanity accepting applications for homeownership partnership

Habitat for Humanity International recently announced that it 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.

In fiscal year 2010, Habitat for Humanity served a record 74,960 families worldwide through a combination of new construction, rehabilitation and repairs. Habitat also helped an additional 6,355 families establish legal rights to a house or land, and provided more than 46,964 individuals with technical assistance ranging from legal help to construction advice or training.

“We are pleased that even in this difficult economy, Habitat for Humanity has been able to help a record number of families around the world have a better place to live,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Our affiliates are the backbone of Habitat’s efforts. Their hard work and dedication have made this milestone possible. We are grateful for the work of Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County.”

Since 1994, Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County has built 21 houses in Archuleta County. Nearly 100 children and adults have found simple, decent, affordable homeownership and a warm, safe place to live and play.

We are busily continuing our efforts to help families in need of affordable housing. The Board of Directors and staff recently met to begin strategically planning for the next four years, as 2014 will mark our 20th year in operation. By 2014 we will strive to meet the following goals: provide three living units per year; remain financially strong and stable; expand the Volunteer Program by creating a Master Builder’s Group and increasing our Team Build Days; create a Research and Evaluation Committee to evaluate the experiences of partnering with Habitat for Humanity and assess the community need for our programs; and improve community Outreach and Collaboration by increasing our Faith Relations program, advancing local government relations and promoting Habitat through public and community events.

In 2011, we will build two houses for low income families in Archuleta County. We plan to break ground on both houses in late April with hopes of moving our partner families into their newly owned homes by Thanksgiving. Our construction supervisor, Steve Koneman, is hard at work planning for the construction of these homes. He is looking into ways to create a living space that feels spacious and is as energy efficient as possible for our homeowners.

As always, we will rely heavily on our dedicated, hard working volunteers to help us see the projects from beginning to end. Patty Brown, volunteer coordinator with Habitat, is planning to increase the number of scheduled Team Build Days and is currently seeking interested businesses, churches, clubs and organizations to sign up for a build day. We are also planning our second annual Volunteer Get Together for mid April. Mark your calendars as this will be a great opportunity to learn more about Habitat and how you and/or your group can volunteer.

We are currently accepting applications to partner with us for homeownership in 2011. We partner with families who qualify financially for a Habitat loan, who have a housing need and who are excited and able to partner with us. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 4.

The mission of Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County is to build confidence; stronger ties between compassionate volunteers and new homeowners; a richer community through shared hope and common effort amongst caring people of all faiths; and simple, decent, affordable houses for families in need. To learn more about how you can become involved as a volunteer, financial supporter or partner family, please call our office at 264-6960. Join our team today!