Eagle County affiliate closing in on completing Fox Hollow project
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The local Habitat for Humanity affiliate has built nearly 30 homes, helping the organization to more than 400,000 houses around the world.
Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 and the local affiliate, Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties, was launched in 1995.
The locals have built 27 homes housing nearly 100 children locally. They’re finishing four more in their Edwards Fox Hollow project, and will break ground on four more early in 2011.
Internationally, since Habitat for Humanity was founded, its self-help, hand-up business model has rehabbed, repaired or built new housing for more than 2 million people worldwide.
“Habitat for Humanity is continuing to help families in need of decent, affordable housing. We are happy to have helped Habitat for Humanity reach this milestone in bettering communities across the country,” said John Welaj, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties. “With the continued support from our donors and volunteers, we are addressing the affordable housing needs in Eagle County.”
By the end of the Fox Hollow project, Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties will have completed 35 homes – that’s 35 families and more than 100 children.
Partner families must qualify. Then each family member must work hundreds of hours, including children. Volunteers make up most of the workforce, and local construction firms and building companies have pitched in. R.A. Nelson has been heavily involved over the last couple years.
“Thank you for helping us make one of our dreams come true,” said Aida Soto, future homeowner. “I never thought I could buy a house for my children by myself.”
In 2010, Habitat for Humanity international served a record 74,960 families worldwide through a combination of new construction, rehabilitation and repairs. Almost all that happens through local affiliates.
Habitat also helped an additional 6,355 families establish legal rights to a house or land, and provided more than 46,964 individuals with technical assistance ranging from legal help to construction advice or training.
Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 300,000th home in 2008, its 200,000th home in 2005 and the 100,000th home in 2000.
The goal is to assist 100,000 families worldwide annually, Reckford said.
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