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Habitat for Humanity Briefing, November 20, 2020:
   ◈ Part 1
   ◈ Part 2
   ◈ Part 3

December 2020: Tom Dodt’s (/dōt/) Note (click here: Tom’s biography)
Dear Boeing/Habitat Friends,
Happy Holidays Everyone! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving (or Zoomsgiving as the case may be). On Friday, November 20 BLNR sponsored our first ever Habitat for Humanity Information Session. I am happy to report that we had a great turn out and very positive feedback. Thank you to all who attended. For those that were unable to attend it’s not too late to catch up as Habitat’s presentation will be posted to the BLNR web site later this week. While you will obviously miss the commentary you’ll certainly capture the key points in reviewing the presentation. During the Information Session the local King County Habitat leaders described a little history of Habitat, provided an overview of current build projects and described a variety of Habitat aspects most people probably don’t know. Here are some examples:

  • Habitat’s view is to “provide a hand up not a hand out”. By this Habitat means they’ll build the new home, but the homeowner must devote 250 hours of their own “sweat equity” to the project. This means they can help build their own home or a neighbor’s home.
  • With buildable real estate in such short supply in the Puget Sound area Habitat is making the most out of a lot’s footprint by building vertically. For example, few single family homes were built this year. Instead multi-story townhomes are becoming more common. This type of design supports Habitat’s goal of decent affordable and safe housing, but with far greater “footprint” utilization. And whenever possible they install a park and/or playground to enhance that community atmosphere which is so vital for family stability. Tom’s sidenote: The neighborhood community bond is especially helpful to the Habitat homeowners who may come from very diverse backgrounds. I know of a situation where a Habitat homeowner had a heart attack and the Habitat neighbors knew each other well and rallied around in a huge way to bring food, babysitting and all kinds of support. It was truly inspiring!
  • The September, 2020 median house price in Seattle was $774,000. However, a family with the median income can only afford a home at $375,000. Not even close! And that is with median income!!! If you are a low wage earner you are going to have real difficulty. We have the 3rd most expensive housing market in the country.
  • Habitat has 3 home stores in King County (Bellevue, Southcenter and Auburn). These stores provide quality home supplies at discounted prices. The income from these stores goes to housing families in our area. Check them out if you need to make a purchase or want to make a donation.
  • Habitat is also helping our community with home restoration projects.

 
The homeownership need in Puget Sound is huge and Habitat is providing innovative and efficient solutions. You can see there are numerous ways to volunteer or be engaged. I believe Boeing management retirees provide a uniquely talented and valuable resource for Habitat. I hope you’ll consider ways you can help. What better gift is there than to make a difference in our community?
Cheers,

Tom Dodt buckeyetom81@gmail.com

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Who We Are
Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families. Through our 2020 Strategic Plan, Habitat for Humanity will serve more people than ever before through decent and affordable housing.
 
The Habitat Team is initially providing content on this site primarily from the Seattle-King County affiliate. Similar content for the Snohomish and Pierce County Habitat affiliates is already being gathered to share here in the near future.

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Habitat for Humanity Stores in King County: Stores are now open!

HfH Shop
Click here for store information

Donate: Building materials, appliances, home décor. We ask that all donations be in resalable condition with no rips, tears, stains, or pet hair, and no repairs needed. On days that we will be picking up your items, we ask that the items be located outside your home, as we cannot enter your home due to insurance restrictions.
Shop: New and gently used building materials, tools, hardware, appliances, and furniture at amazing discounted prices.
We have also launched an online store for your convenience: Click here for online store information
Now shop online for your favorite Habitat Store items! Every purchase funds Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing and repair projects right here in our community. Check out our Facebook page which is regularly updated with great deals! *Items go fast! Items posted on Facebook may not be representative of current items for sale. Please check with each store for items you would like to buy.*

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Contacts

Name Role E-mail
Tom Dodt HfH-BLNR Board buckeyetom81@gmail.com
Joel Feldman HfH-King County joel.feldman@habitatskc.org
Amy Farrier HfH-King County amy.farrier@habitatskc.org
Tracey Sorenson HfH-Pierce County tsorenson@tpc-habitat.org
Sherrana Kildun HfH-Pierce County skildun@tpc-habitat.org
Karisa Lee HfH-Snohomish County klee@habitatsnohomish.org
Sherry Dawley HfH-Snohomish County sdawley@habitatsnohomish.org

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Previous Events:
BLNR Build Day in Lake City
Date: Sept 23, 2020 (Wed)
Event Coordinator: Tom Dodt

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Women Build
Date: Oct 3 (Sat) – Oct 10, 2020 (Sat)
Event Coordinator: joel.feldman@habitatskc.org
Project Description: click here for info

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Habitat for Humanity Information Session
Date: Nov 20, 2020 (Fri)
Event Coordinator: Tom Dodt

BLNR and Habitat for Humanity take safety very seriously and additional health and sanitation steps have been taken around COVID-19 to ensure a safe and healthy environment. A mask is required at all times while volunteering onsite.