‘Blitz Build’ homes going strong more than a decade later

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by BREANNA ROY & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 5 at 2:16 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – Habitat for Humanity Spokane and hundreds of volunteers have come together in Deer Park to finish and dedicate six homes and frame in four others from the foundation up. It’s part of Habitat’s Blitz Build program.

The very first “Blitz Build” home went to Mary Lynch in 1996. Lynch will pay off her mortgage in two years. She and her daughter, Leena, said the house has brought their family emotional and financial stability.

“I was living in an apartment on the north side of town,” Mary Lynch said. “Leena was six years old, just about ready to start kindergarten. In fact, she started kindergarten in this house. We needed a place to stretch, that’s for sure.”

Habitat for Humanity Spokane’s chief executive officer, Michone Preston, said Lynch’s success story is one of many. In fact, since Habitat holds the loans on these homes, it is legally required to track the timely mortgage payments. Of the nearly 350 families served in our area, Preston said less than one percent of them haven’t been able to make their payments. Mortgage payments average $350 each month, so people who don’t succeed with Habitat usually don’t succeed as renters.

Habitat for Humanity Spokane has started or completed a total of 90 homes through Blitz Build. Preston said the greatest  value of the program is the increase in community support, resulting in more volunteers, donors and families in need of future homes.
 

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