Credit Unions help Habitat families build
Two families will soon have affordable homes in East Central Spokane because of the efforts of about 600 volunteers from local credit unions in honor of International Credit Union Day, on Thursday, Oct. 20.
Kelsey, a single mother of three in the homeownership program, will soon move into a Habitat house at 1903 E. 6th Ave.
A second house next door goes to Nathan, a veteran, his wife, Jessica, and their two children, who need an ADA-accessible home for his wheelchair needs.
The homes, which will be ready this winter, are being built by the families with the assistance of volunteers from 19 local credit unions.
To help address the housing crisis, the credit union volunteers made this project possible, said Michelle Girardot, executive director of Habitat-Spokane.
Qualified homebuyers who earn below 80 percent of the area median income, help build their own homes beside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.
"The partnership with area credit unions highlights how affordable housing plays a critical role in a strong, stable community," said Michelle. "By these volunteers lifting their hearts and hammers, two families will open the doors to a future with economic mobility and stability."