Most of us take for granted that we have and will always have a safe place to live, an oasis against the outside world’s stresses, a place of shelter in the storms of life…. But for some members of our community the home they are building with Habitat for Humanity will be the first real permanent shelter that they have ever had.

Several members of the Nevada County Association, including myself,  were on hand at the donor appreciation dinner to hear the heartwarming and inspiring stories of two families who are finally going to have a place to call home.  There weren’t many dry eyes in the crowd at Rincon Del Rio as these families described how sincerely thankful they felt to have become part of the Habitat for Humanity family and to be building a new future with volunteers and community support at their side.

Awards for special volunteers, community partners and donors were recognized. This event was sponsored by a number of donors so that funds earmarked for building homes were not affected.

Habitat for Humanity has a wonderful park planned at its Heritage Oaks project and unveiled the donor drive –  commemorative bricks to help fund the project.

The Heritage Oaks site is a 1.68‑acre parcel located within the city limits of Grass Valley on the edge of the City’s Redevelopment District.  The project includes 16 homes, consisting of 2, 3, and 4 bedroom units with single car garages. Most units are two story to minimize the footprint and the site plan includes 2 duplexes.

This is our NC Habitat’s first “green” development and they plan to apply sustainable, energy efficient building methods and materials. They have received LEED certification on the first two units built and are potentially seeking it for the entire 16 home project. All of the homes will be Energy Star certified.  100% of the units will be affordable and 100% owner occupied.   All homeowner families must earn 30%-60% of AMI to be eligible and contribute a minimum of 500 sweat equity hours to help build their homes.

Habitat for Humanity received grants to fund the land purchase and infrastructure, and is now focusing their fundraising efforts on home construction. The homes will be completed in phases with an average of 2-4 per year, over the next 4-5 years.

The largest fund raiser for the local Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is coming up on September 30th– “Street of Dreams”. Tickets are now on sale for this fun event held at The Foothill Event Center and featuring delicious food prepared by Chef Antonio as well as  an auction of wonderful gifts to bid on.

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