Habitat eyes next project

Board of directors adopts 'ambitious' set of goals for 2007

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With its first project home at 745 Yampa Ave. nearing completion, Moffat County Habitat for Humanity is already eyeing its next home-building effort.

At Monday night's meeting, the Habitat for Humanity board of directors adopted an "ambitious" set of goals and objectives for the upcoming year.

One goal is acquiring land within Craig city limits for the next project home and selecting a family to live in the proposed home.

Group president Marilyn Bouldin said Habitat for Humanity would explore acquiring the land for the second home through a donation.

"Ideally, that would be the case," said Bouldin, adding that limited finances make purchasing land difficult. "It never hurts to ask."

Another objective for the group this year is completing the remodeling of its current home and assisting the Burkett family, of Craig, move in.

Bouldin said the recent cold weather has delayed progress on the home's remodeling. Nonetheless, plumbers and electricians have completed 85 to 90 percent of the utility work.

She said the group is hoping to complete the home this spring.

"We're just waiting for the weather to turn," Bouldin said.

Other goals for 2007 are developing articles of incorporation, by-laws, policies and procedures, and completing a second phase of its affiliation application. The group also seeks to expand its partnership with local schools and youth groups, distribute 100 brochures and annual reports as educational tools and make at least three presentations on the need for affordable housing for low-income residents.

The group's biggest accomplishment for 2006 was taking monumental leaps forward in completing the Yampa Avenue home, Bouldin said. There was a time when the group didn't believe it could finish the project, she said.

"There's been a lot of momentum," Bouldin said.

Seventy-seven volunteers contributed 2,269 hours remodeling the home and Habitat for Humanity developed partnerships with 40 local agencies and organizations.

Another noteworthy accomplishment for Habitat last year was raising $26,633 for the project through grants, donations and fundraisers. The group is continuing its fundraising efforts this year -- Habitat has applied for three grants so far in 2007 -- and needs to raise between $8,000 and $11,000 to complete the first project home.

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