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Home arrow Opinion arrow Letters arrow Letters and comments for August 29, 2011

Letters and comments for August 29, 2011

Letters and comments for August 29, 2011

Partner with Habitat

To the Editor:

Habitat for Humanity is seeking a family to partner with in La Grande.

Grande Ronde Valley Habitat for Humanity works to build affordable housing for eligible families. Thanks to the John Gray Land Acquisition Fund we were able to secure funding to purchase a lot in the Greenwood School area. Seventy-five percent of the purchase price was gifted by this foundation.

We are asking the community to help us raise the balance of $7,250 so that we can continue to offer affordable home ownership to families who wish to partner with us. Mail tax-deductible contributions to P.O. Box 111, La Grande 97850.

To be eligible to apply for a Habitat home, families must be living in substandard or unsafe housing, be willing to partner with Habitat and have a credit rating that will support a mortgage. Family income must not exceed 60 percent of the median income in Union County. For a family of four, this year that is $33,300. Family income is adjusted based on number in family. Families can call 541-963-2414 for more information and to request an application.

Please keep eye out for potential building sites that could be made available to Habitat as that is our biggest challenge. People are willing to donate time, labor and materials, but acquiring building sites is our toughest hurdle to overcome. There may be churches who have been willed property by members that could be used to extend the ministry of that church by partnering with Habitat.

As you do your estate planning, remember that gifts to Habitat are an enduring investment in your community.

Finally, remember the Habitat ReStore. We are always looking for building materials, furniture and appliances that we can re-purpose. We have a large supply of kitchen cabinets, sinks and stoves. We are always in need of volunteers to help out at the ReStore or with other projects.

Your support keeps things out of the landfill and the proceeds go toward the construction of more homes locally.

David Still


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