Habitat for Humanity asks residents to donate holiday wish list items

December 16, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 16, 2010

Habitat for Humanity of East King County needs professional services and in-kind donations to make the holiday session merrier.

The nonprofit organization needs the donations to continue home construction in the Issaquah Highlands.

The holiday wish list for professional services includes: framers in December, roof truss installation in December and January, and a repair for a mobile work trailer. The donation wish list requests a mobile work trailer, including heat and lights, and a digital camera.

Contact Construction Manager Lee Brannam at lbrannam@habitatekc.org to discuss service and supply donations.

Habitat also needs desk chairs for the office. Contact Office Manager Mirriam Muchiri at mirriamm@habitatekc.org about chair donations.

Or people can donate dollars to the organization to fund household items, such as carpeting and cabinets.

Habitat representatives and families joined city officials in June 2009 to break ground for houses in the highlands at 2500 N.E. Magnolia St. The completed duplexes should house up to 10 families.

Habitat selects homeowners based on need and ability to pay a mortgage. Families earn about $20,400 to $40,700 — less than half of the 2008 King County median income for a family of four. Homeowners must also live or work in the county for at least a year. Habitat families must also contribute 500 hours of sweat equity to the organization.

Habitat sells the units at cost — about $100,000 — and homeowners repay no-interest loans. The organization retains ownership of the land.

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