Habitat for Humanity adds housing project in Carbondale | AspenTimes.com

Habitat for Humanity adds housing project in Carbondale

Aspen Times Staff

Habitat for Humanity is breaking ground today on a duplex in Carbondale that will provide two families with quality affordable housing.Both families were selected from a pool of applicants who live or work between Parachute and Aspen. Families are chosen based on suitability of their current housing, their ability to pay and willingness to “partner” with Habitat in building the home in the form of “sweat equity.”The families make interest-free mortgage payments on new homes they buy at below-market costs. Their family income must be between $18,000 and $35,000. Many couldn’t afford a home without Habitat’s help.Manuela Leal and her two children were one of the families selected for the duplex. Leal has been waiting for a home for nearly two years because of Habitat’s difficulty in acquiring land in the area. The second local selection, Mario and Isabel Chamarro, have one child and one on the way.The families must help with construction of their homes or provide assistance to Habitat in some other way to be eligible for the housing.The Carbondale project comes as Habitat for Humanity International is gaining national exposure for its efforts to provide housing for victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.There has been a Roaring Fork Valley chapter since 2000. It has built a home in Emma and one in Glenwood Springs. The land for the duplex in Carbondale was provided by 211 Eighth LLC to fulfill its affordable housing requirement for the approval of the Cleveland Place subdivision.Habitat has embarked on a fund-raising campaign to come up with the remainder of funds it will need for the duplex and to continue providing homes in the valley.Ray Limoges, president of the local Habitat affiliate, estimated that $60,000 is needed in addition to existing funds to build the duplex. The chapter also has a goal of raising $300,000 per year so it can buy land and building materials for other projects in the valley.The nonprofit organization is launching a “Habitat Pillar” fund-raising campaign that enables community members to participate in fulfilling the need in the valley.With a donation of $1,000 or more, an individual or business can become a “Habitat Pillar.” However, Limoges emphasizes that any donation is welcomed in the form of a check, materials, services or “elbow grease.””Our goal is to offer simple, decent homes at below-market prices by using volunteer labor, including that of the homeowner, and private, tax-deductible donations of money and materials,” Limoges said.For more information about the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, family selection, volunteering, or donating money or construction materials, call 963-8555.The groundbreaking will take place at 4 p.m. today at Eighth and Cleveland streets. The public is invited.

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