Habitat meeting discusses open homes

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Habitat for Humanity of East King County meeting discusses open homes

July 10, 2012

By Katie Larsen

Habitat for Humanity will hold a family information meeting from 6-7 p.m. July 18 at the Issaquah 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.

Lola Reyes moved into her home in the Issaquah Highlands a year and a half ago with her two children.

“They are trying to provide all the necessary information to people before they apply,” Reyes said. “It’s a very comfortable atmosphere.”

Information provided at the meeting includes all criteria families must meet to apply, like income, home size and bedroom count.

On the Web

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity of East King County and its programs atwww.habitatekc.org.

“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.

Reyes said anyone who is looking to own a home and has regular income but can’t afford mortgages for houses on the market should attend the meetings.

“It’s a great opportunity for working families,” she said.

Meetings are scheduled when Habitat knows there will be homes available in the coming year, Granger said. The meetings in July are for re-selling of homes that were previously owned by Habitat families. Habitat always buys back the homes if the families move out.

The Habitat home developments are in Redmond and Snoqualmie. Issaquah was chosen as a meeting site because of its central location.

“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.”

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