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Habitat for Humanity now accepting homeowner applications for six homes

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Magdalena Lopez with her daughter Lizzette have been Habitat for Humanity homeowners since 2008. Habitat is accepting applications for homeownership through Sept. 30. Details are available at www.HabitatVailValley.org or by calling 970-748-6718.

GYPSUM — Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley is now accepting homeowner applications for six homes, which will be located at Stratton Flats in Gypsum, and are scheduled for completion in 2015. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30.

According to the most recent American Community Survey, an estimated 3,600 households in Eagle County earn between 35 percent and 60 percent of the area mean income (between $29,680 and $50,880) and fit the financial criteria for the Habitat homeownership program. Habitat for Humanity fills an existing community gap as the only organization in Eagle County to offer affordable home opportunities to low income families.

'IT IS POSSIBLE'

"Having a home was a dream for us, but we always thought it was not possible. That it was too difficult. When we were selected, it was like, 'Oh my gosh, it is possible,'" said Magdalena Lopez, a Habitat Vail Valley homeowner since 2008. "It is so wonderful to have our own house, a safe place for my daughters. When you don't own a house, you are always worried about what will happen later."

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants are required to meet several qualifications in order to be selected to become a Habitat homeowner. A volunteer selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents. Specific information about income range and other details are available at http://www.HabitatVailValley.org.

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"A home helps children do better in school, helps families achieve stability and reach for new opportunities," said Elyse Howard, development director for Habitat Vail Valley. "To Habitat, a shelter is so much more than four walls and a roof. A safe, affordable home empowers families to build a better life for themselves."

DEADLINE IS TUESDAY

Applications are available online at the website or in person at the Habitat Vail Valley office at 455 Nottingham Ranch Road in Avon or the Habitat ReStore at 150 Cooley Mesa Road in Gypsum. The deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. For more information about the Habitat homeowner application process, send an email to application@habitatvailvalley.org or call the Habitat office at 970- 748-6718.

There are currently three Habitat Vail Valley duplexes under construction at Stratton Flats in Gypsum, which are scheduled for completion in December. Rough framing is complete on the first duplex and trusses will be raised on the other two duplexes in the coming weeks.

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