Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity works on a two-story home on South Naches Avenue in Yakima in 2018.

Families approved for a Habitat for Humanity home must invest 500 hours of their own labor in building it, along with meeting credit and other requirements. But sometimes, after all that work and commitment, they need financial assistance at closing.

A $100,000 grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation to Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity will assist families in achieving stability and self-reliance through home ownership. The funding will go to Habitat’s down payment assistance program to help them qualify for a low-interest mortgage, according to a news release.

“We are all about partnerships,” said Meloney Rosen, executive director of Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity. “In fact, that is how we make our homes affordable.”

The foundation’s grant will enable the Yakima Valley Habitat organization help families achieve their dream of home ownership, Rosen said.

“On behalf of our families, volunteers and board of directors, we thank the Yakima Valley Community Foundation for choosing to assist our Habitat for Humanity families,” she said.

The community foundation has awarded grants to charitable organizations in the Yakima Valley since it was established in 2004. As the foundation

has grown, so has its community

investing. In 2018, the foundation

awarded $3.22 million to charitable

organizations in the Valley.

Through donations of money, materials, volunteer labor and partnerships, Habitat for Humanity is able to build and sell homes at affordable prices. Homeowners purchase them with no-profit loans, and their monthly mortgage payments are used to build more Habitat houses.

Habitat has built 182 homes throughout the Yakima Valley since it was established here in 1984. Current projects include finishing its fifth home in Grandview. Grandview Nazarene Church has hosted many of the build camps for volunteers who come from out of town to help with construction. Americorps volunteers are also working on home construction.

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