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Palouse Habitat for Humanity Announces Future Homeowners for homes in Uniontown, WA
Moscow, ID (March 17, 2021) – Palouse Habitat for Humanity is happy to announce the homeowners for two Habitat homes in Uniontown, Washington: Breanne and Kelcey Leaseburg and Kyle Hansen.
Breanne and Kelcey are parents to three-year-old Alora. Breanne grew up in Pullman, and Kelcey is originally from Colville WA. The family is very much looking forward to a home where they can all sit down to a meal together. “Our current home doesn’t have enough space for even a small kitchen table so we are bunched up together on the couch. Breanne is a cook at the local hospital and being able to have the space to make home-cooked meals and eat with room for everyone is very important to her. We appreciate this blessing and will do everything as a family to take care of this home.”
Kyle Hansen is a single father with sole custody of his six-year-old son Kyas. “ I had to move a lot as a kid, and I wanted something different for Kyas – for him to have a room that would always be his room, to have a safe yard to play in, to have a school where he could make friends to grow up with. And, to have a place where, once he is grown, that he can always come back to if he ever needs to.”
The Leaseburg home is already under construction and is expected to be complete later this summer. The build was delayed due to the pandemic. Construction was limited to one day a week with core group of volunteers. The annual fundraiser was delayed and eventually went online.
Habitat hopes to begin construction on the Hansen home this spring. The home is projected to cost over $130,000 due to the rising cost of building materials. Palouse Habitat hopes to raise these funds during its annual fundraiser event, Beans ‘n’ Jeans, online next month. See below for information on donating materials, skilled labor or to volunteer.
Habitat homeowners are selected based on criteria that included need, ability to make an affordable mortgage payment, and willingness to partner in the home build. The Habitat Homeowner Selection committee carefully reviews financial history, conducts credit and background checks, home visits and reference checks as part of the selection process. Selected homeowners must contribute 300-400 hours of “sweat equity” working alongside the volunteers building their homes, contribute a share of the closing costs, participate in a financial education program, and ultimately purchase the home from Palouse Habitat for an affordable mortgage.
Palouse Habitat for Humanity is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. It was established in 1992 and has built homes in Albion, Colfax, Pullman, Moscow, Genesee, Palouse, Uniontown and Potlatch. Our mission is to serve our neighbors in need by working to eliminate poverty housing on the Palouse and worldwide. Volunteers build simple, decent, affordable and energy efficient homes for those in need who meet Habitat’s selection criteria.
For more information on Palouse Habitat for Humanity and ways to make a difference in our community, visit palousehabitat.org or contact Jennifer Wallace, Executive Director at 208.883.8502.
Palouse Habitat for Humanity
PO Box 3054
Moscow, Idaho 83843