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Carbondale family on the home stretch

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE ” A family of seven that shares a 12-by-14 foot room is receiving help that will provide them with adequate, affordable housing in Carbondale.

Jeff and Colleen Smith and their family were selected for the next home that will be built by the Roaring Fork Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Groundbreaking on the Smith home will be Sunday at noon. The two-story house will be built in the Cleveland Place II subdivision along 8th Street, near downtown.

The Smiths were selected based on their need and ability to pay a no-interest mortgage that will likely be between $500 and $600 per month. Habitat only works with people who have legal U.S. residency.

The Smiths also will be required to put in 250 hours of sweat equity into the construction.

“We’re so excited to start building our home and the kids are thrilled about the prospect of having their own rooms,” Colleen Smith said in a prepared statement. “Mostly, we’re just glad to have a place to call our own without the fear of having to pack up and move again.”

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The home will be constructed by Habitat volunteers and will include environmentally-friendly heating solutions. Photovoltaic solar power technology and solar heated water will reduce heating expenses and cut carbon emissions. The solar heating option for the Carbondale home came to Habitat courtesy of a $25,000 grant from The City of Aspen and Pitkin County’s Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP).

Work days for the Smith’s home will be scheduled beginning in January. Individuals or groups interested in volunteering to help build the home can contact Habitat for Humanity at 945-7733 or via e-mail at volunteer.habitat@gmail.com.