Habitat seeks independence

Chapter seeks affiliate status; hopes to resume work on first project at 745 Yampa Ave.

The Moffat County Habitat for Humanity chapter should have paperwork finished by next week to begin the arduous task of earning its own affiliate status, the group's interim president said.

"I'm optimistic we will be accepted because we have awesome volunteers and great support throughout the county," said Marilyn Bouldin, who became the interim president on Aug. 28. "I would be very surprised if they don't accept us."

As of now, the local chapter has its designation through Routt County's Habitat for Humanity. With its own designation, independent of Routt County's, the local group would be eligible for additional funding through grants.

Bouldin said the process for the local group to have its own status takes six to 18 months and includes providing demographic information, letters of support and a $2,000 fee, as well as proving that the area needs affordable housing.

In her's and the Habitat group's estimation, Moffat County meets all of the provisions required to operate its own affiliate, she said.

Bouldin assumed the group's presidency after acting president Gregg Smith stepped down. Smith also resigned from his post as the group's project manager.

Smith, who'd been group president for less than a year, said he resigned his posts for health reasons.

The group will elect a permanent replacement at its next meeting, 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at the First Congregational Church, 630 Green St.

Also next week, a structural engineer will evaluate the group's first project house, a dilapidated structure at 745 Yampa Ave. The engineer will develop a report on the home's existing foundation and submit it to the Habitat group, Bouldin said.

Renovation and construction plans will develop from there, she said. The group, which awarded the project home in June to the Burkett family of Craig, has not targeted a date for completing the project.

Bouldin said construction at the home would resume after the engineer's report is analyzed.

"We'll get that report and develop a plan from there," she said.

The group remains committed to finishing the home.

"It's been a slow process, much slower than any of us anticipated," Bouldin said. "But, we're still going strong."

Habitat for Humanity is always looking for additional volunteers, Bouldin said. Anyone interested should call her at 824-5459.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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