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More than 75 people showed up on Thursday to welcome the Legend and Webb families to the neighborhood.
The families will be the first to occupy homes at the 2-acre Habitat for Humanity-Spokaneâ€™s Hope Meadows housing development in Deer Park.
The Webbs and Legends, who will not move into their homes until sometime in 2012, were on hand last week for the â€śraising of the wallsâ€ť ceremony at the south Colville Avenue site. Joining them were Habitat, Loweâ€™s Hardware (a prime sponsor of the project) and city officials.
Funding for the 114-home project came from different sources, including the Washington State Department of Commerce, Spokane County, the federal governmentâ€™s Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and private donations.
Loweâ€™s Debbie Yates said her company provided a $30,000 grant for the Deer Park project. She added that Loweâ€™s has partnered with Habitat for Humanity nationwide for the past seven years.
More than $2 million was spent in infrastructure improvements before actual home construction started.
The Deer Park structures will be a variety of single- and two-story twin homes. They will all be Energy Star rated and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.
Habitat for Humanity Director Arlene Patton called Hope Meadows â€śtruly a partnership of opportunity.â€ť
Mayor Robert Whisman said the project was a â€śgreat use of this land.â€ť
The Rev. Kurt Langland provided an opening prayer at the ceremony.
Families must go through an application/screening process to be eligible for one of the homes.
Habitat officials estimate it takes 18-24 months from the time a low-income family begins the application process until they move into the home.
Qualified families must donate 500 hours of â€śsweat equityâ€ť and pay the $2,000 in closing costs before they can move into their new home.
Homeowners purchase the home with a zero-interest loan, which they must pay back to Habitat over 20 or 30 years. Monthly payments will be around $400.
Habitat is still taking applications for homes in the Deer Park project. For more information, call Habitat at 534-2552 or visit www.habitat-spokane.org.