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Habitat For Humanity Dedicates 50th Home

EUGENE, Ore. — It was a big milestone Saturday for a local non-profit. The Eugene-Springfield Habitat for Humanity dedicated the 50th home that they’ve built in the community.

The home went to Chelsea Burglund, a single mother with two young children. Burglund has been working with Habitat for Humanity for the past two years.

After months of volunteering and taking classes, it was a celebration Saturday, as she was handed the keys to her first home.

“It was an awesome time,” says Burglund. “It’s so great to see all of the people that help out and made this dream come true for us.”

The Eugene-Springfield Habitat for Humanity was established 23 years ago. They say it’s the families they help that keep them going.

“We love the houses we build and how well we build them, but more importantly, it’s the people who we serve,” says Don Griffin, the Executive Director of the Eugene-Springfield Habitat for Humanity. “[It’s] the families in need in our community and how this can transform their lives.”

With the help of several community partners, they’ve helped provide 50 homes for people in the community who are in need of safe, decent, and affordable housing.

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  1. musicman60 says:

    well another govt free funded house for a welfare mom dam and i had to buy my own pay big down to qulify enjoy your free need more of my tax money call me direct ok

  2. Don Griffin says:

    In response to musicman60′s comment…it seems very important to inform him and share the information with others that Habitat for Humanity Partner Families purchase their homes; the houses are not given to them. The homes are purchased through a zero percent interest, no-profit mortgage from Habitat. Partner Families, whether a single individual or adults with children, must have a stable income sufficient to make monthly mortgage payments, pay the same property taxes that other homeowners do, and pay for homeowners insurance. Habitat houses are affordable because of the 0% interest, no-profit mortgages, the tremendous contribution of volunteer labor to build the homes, and the fantastic support of donors – businesses, faith groups, service clubs, and individuals throughout our community. Three criteria – need, willingness to partner, and ability to pay – are used to select Habitat families under United States and Oregon fair housing laws and regulations.

    Habitat is dedicated to helping members of our community secure safe, decent, affordable housing; committed to helping improve the living conditions within our service area; and grateful for the opportunity to serve those around us. As one of our business house sponsors stated so well at the dedication, “We appreciate the opportunity to join with Habitat in providing a hand up, not a hand out.”

    Don Griffin, executive director.

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