Habitat for Humanity to hold open house
July 5, 2012
By Katie Larsen
Habitat for Humanity will hold a family information meeting from 1-2 p.m. July 14 at the Snoqualmie Library.
“These meetings are an opportunity for families to learn about the Habitat for Humanity program and find out if they would qualify for a home,” said Tom Granger, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of East King County.
Iulia Zavodova moved into her Habitat home in 2009 with her husband and two children.
“The reason they hold the information meeting is to provide the complete information before you answer anything,” Zavodova said. “I believe it makes complete sense so people get all the information there.”
Information provided at the meeting includes criteria families must meet to apply, like income, home size and bedroom count.
“They need to know right from the beginning they are going to be part of the Habitat community,” Granger said. “It is important for us to begin to develop the relationship right from the beginning and get to know the families.”
Anyone who is interested in applying for a Habitat for Humanity house must go to the information meeting — it is required to get an application started.
Zavodova said people who rent and can’t afford regular houses on the market should attend a meeting.
“The information meeting allows people to know if they meet the criteria, that is subject to change,” Zavodova said. “It’s completely nondiscriminatory and everyone is encouraged to apply.”
Meetings are scheduled when Habitat knows there will be homes available in the next year, Granger said. The meetings in July are for reselling of homes that were previously owned by Habitat families. Habitat always buys back the homes if the families move out.
“For my family, it was our only chance to own a house,” Zavodova said. “It’s not just housing but a great community to be involved with. We greatly appreciate what they do for us.”
The Habitat home developments are in Redmond and Snoqualmie.
“Encourage friends to know about the opportunity,” Granger said. “Please spread the word and get in touch with us for how else you can participate.
More information can be found at the Habitat website: www.habitatekc.org.