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Habitat for Humanity passes hurdle for official status

Gorge organization becomes official affiliate

Dedicated supporters of the new Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity affiliate have a big reason to celebrate.

Effective June 1, Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity became an official affiliate of the international organization.

The next steps are raising money for land and construction, and selecting a family to work with Habitat volunteers in building a home.

"The planning and documentation were all very important and necessary steps, but now we're ready to get to work on the exciting part of this organization -- building houses!" said affiliate president George Volker of Hood River, echoing feelings of other members who have worked so hard for the past year.

The Site Selection Committee is looking for available lots in White Salmon and the Hood River area. While some fundraising has already been done, the board estimates that a minimum of $65,000 is needed to defray the building costs for the first house.

Affiliate volunteers plan to raise enough for more than one house so they can keep the momentum going once the first house is finished.

"The new affiliate needs land, money and more volunteers to make the dream of safe, affordable homes a reality for families in the Mid-Columbia," said vice-president Ted Perry, Hood River

A nonprofit, non-denominational organization, Habitat for Humanity since 1976 has built more than 100,000 houses in more than 80 countries, including about 30,000 houses across the United States.

Community volunteers work side-by-side with future homeowners to build their homes. Homeowners repay the cost of no-interest, no-profit mortgages. Cash flow from those payments helps finance subsequent construction.

For more information contact: George Volker, president, 4460 Riordan Hill Drive, Hood River, Ore. 97031; or phone (541) 387-3403.


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