Community Collaborations: Independence For All

Little Luxuries: A Habitat Family Story

The work Krystal and Zachary put into their house is a constant source of pride for the family. “Little luxuries mean a lot when you haven’t had a lot of stuff or haven’t been able to afford those things, and you know that you’ve earned them, and that you work really hard for them. We work really hard for these houses… And there’s a lot of pride in that.” The family has been able to budget better, save up for vacations and even change their day-to-day life. “It’s going to the thrift store verses actually getting something new. And it’s going and being able to buy your school supplies. And not having to go down to the food bank… it was nice to be able to just go to the grocery store, and buy what I wanted to buy, and actually be able to buy it all… it’s nice to just be able to go grocery shopping and not have to worry as much.”

These small financial victories are a result of a series of savvy purchases, lessons learned, and a newfound sense of financial literacy.  Krystal and Zachary, like all Habitat Partner families, participated in a series of homeownership courses designed to empower them financially.

We know that financial empowerment is the underlying engine that makes Habitat’s model life changing: not just the construction of shelter, but the affordable mortgage and financial trainings that empower Habitat families with the know-how and habits that lead to financial success. The long-term, 99.3% success rate of local Habitat homeowners would not be possible the financial training made possible by our Financial Empowerment Sponsor, BECU.

While ownership is the key to better futures – for every family we hand keys to their new home –BECU’s broad vision of financial empowerment brings new meaning to the phrase, “You own it.” Thanks to BECU, and all the partners who set up our families for futures of financial success!

View our broad array of courses provided to partner families and community members.

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The Advocate: Affordable Housing Week

The Advocate: Affordable Housing Week

Affordable housing week is organized by the Housing Development Consortium every May to bring attention to the housing crisis in Seattle. May 14- 18 we will be organizing for action and celebrating the progress made throughout the year. Although every week is “Affordable Housing Week” at Habitat, we are happy to join our neighbors and fellow affordable housing partners in bringing attention to the many ways everyone can be involved in the efforts necessary to secure housing for all. We will be spending the week working, building and volunteering as we always do, to ensure everyone has a decent place to live. We invite you to join us and our partners throughout Affordable Housing Week.

 

To register for a volunteer day, please email Patricia Murray at Patricia.Murray@habitatskc.org

 

Tuesday 05/15– Store Volunteer Day @ Southcenter and Bellevue Habitat Stores 10:15am-2pm, 2pm-6pm, or 10:15am-6pm

Wednesday 05/16-Critical Home Repair Volunteer Day @ Federal Way 8:45am-4pm

Thursday 05/17– Homeownership budget and savings part two class, 6-8pm. (*Must also attend budget and savings 1 class on Thursday 05/10 6-8pm) @ Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County Offices

Friday 05/18–  Store Volunteer Day @ Southcenter and Bellevue Habitat Stores 10:15am-2pm, 2pm-6pm, or 10:15am-6pm

Saturday 05/19- Veteran Homeownership Informational Meeting (05/19- 11am-12pm) @ Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County Offices

 

Habitat for Humanity Store Volunteer Day

Our Habitat Stores are open to the public and sell new and gently used building materials, appliances and furniture at discount prices. We accept donations from individuals, contractors, and businesses.  Proceeds help fund Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building and restoring low income homes throughout King County.

Volunteer opportunities at the Habitat Stores range from assisting our driver on donation pickups, merchandising donations on the sales floor, and general customer service and donor relations.

Critical Home Repair Construction Site Volunteer Day

As part of our Critical Home Repairs Program, Habitat is working to repair owner-occupied homes. All projects are exterior repair work (no construction or repair experience necessary!) that will help low-income homeowners maintain their homes.

Home Ownership budget and savings part two class, 6-8pm.

This course will go over a zero-based budget and irregular income planning. Please make sure to register for both Budget & Savings 1 & 2 since they are separate courses in a series meant to be taken together. This course also has a concurrent course taking place at the same location for teens ages 12-16. Make sure to register for that course if you plan on having a teen who will attend.

*Must also attend budget and savings 1 class on Thursday 05/10 6-8pm

Veteran Homeownership Informational Meeting (05/19- 11am-12pm)

If anyone is interested in learning more about our veteran home ownership program, we ask that they sign up for our mailing list. Once they are signed up, we will send out updates about upcoming informational meetings as well as what homes we are selecting for. Here’s the link to our program requirements and our mailing list: http://www.habitatskc.org/services/homeownership/vets/

 

To register for a volunteer day, please email Patricia Murray at Patricia.Murray@habitatskc.org