Viking Homes and Spokane Home Builders Association (SHBA) announced they will sponsor and build a Habitat for Humanity Home. This home will be featured as part of the organization’s annual Home Builders Blitz 2019, which brings local builders and industry professionals together to build homes in an accelerated timeline for low-income, qualified homebuyers. The announcement was made at SHBA’s annual officer installation and celebration on Thursday, January 17, 2019.
“My father started building homes in 1980,” said Ryan Olson, owner of Viking Homes. “The first time he built a house for a first-time homeowner, the joy on their face to have a place to call home was something he would never forget. He worked his entire life to give that to as many people as he possibly could. Now we get to do something a little different and take it a step further. We’re honored to be a part of Habitat for Humanity.”
Viking Homes, a member of SHBA, will serve as the lead builder for the project, providing funding for the home which will be built in the Hope Meadows community in Deer Park, WA. The goal of the project is to deliver a fully-finished home at no cost to Habitat for Humanity. A low-income family will then purchase the home paying no more than 30% of their monthly income toward their mortgage payments.
“The Spokane Home Builders Association has a long partnership with Habitat for Humanity and shares the same passion of providing homeownership opportunities for our residents,” said Joel White, Executive Officer at SHBA. “We are very excited that Viking Homes has stepped forward to coordinate the generous donations of skilled labor and materials provided by our members to build a new home for a hardworking family in our community.”
Habitat for Humanity-Spokane partners with people to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Founded in 1987, Habitat for Humanity has helped thousands of people achieve strength, stability and independence through improved shelter. Habitat homeowners receive financial education, help build their own houses and pay an affordable mortgage. The 4-bedroom home built through the Home Builders Blitz will have a market value of approximately $180,000.
“When we see partnerships like Viking Homes & SHBA emerge in our community, it’s a testament to the heart and generosity that rings true in Spokane,” said Michelle Girardot, CEO Habitat for Humanity-Spokane. “Affordable homeownership through Habitat for Humanity helps families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.”
Construction for the Home Builders Blitz will start in July.