Spring 2021 Newsletter


Building it forward in Kittitas County.

Building Our Programs

It has been a busy time at Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity. Over the course of the last few months, we were able to secure land and are in the permitting process on our 3 acre, 18-home affordable housing new construction project scheduled to break ground in September. This development will double the number of affordable homes and families we will be able to serve in the county. Get a sneak peek at the homes and floor plans below.

Additionally, with Covid-19 restrictions moving to Phase 3, we have been able to reboot our Home Repair program and have expanded staff to work with homeowners who need assistance with critical repairs that will alleviate health and safety issues. It is great to have hammers swinging again. Check out our current project photo below

We are working on funding to rebuild our Home Preservation and Aging in Place programs for Kittitas County and hope to have good news on that front soon. Both programs fall within our Home Repair program, but focus on smaller, necessary but less critical projects around the home. Aging in Place focuses on modifications in and around the home. We understand the positive impact that growing old in your own home and community can have. That’s why we will partner with families, communities and local organizations across the county and state, to help older adults improve their homes and their quality of life so they can flourish where they live. If you would like to support either of these programs, contact us at info@kchabitat.org.

The Rising Cost of Home

An affordable home. It shouldn’t be a dream. It should be something that we can all work toward, and experience the security, stability, and safety that homeownership affords. However, across the county we are seeing rising home prices driven up by several factors including an overall lack of inventory due to a shortage in existing homes on the market, coupled with surged interest in new home purchases.

High demand and low supply throughout 2020 has caused an unprecedented rise in lumber prices, in some cases as much as 200% higher than previous years’ cost. Most believe that prices will start to come down, however, pin pointing when that will happen is difficult. The uncertainty Covid-19 continues to factor into rebuilding economic confidence and while the housing industry has boomed during the pandemic, it has come with a heavy price for those trying to buy a home.

In Kittitas County, we are experiencing the same issues that are happening nationwide and the skyrocketing cost of lumber hits the hardest for those of us trying to build much needed affordable housing in our community. For example, with today’s lumber prices, the cost for lumber on a 1150 sq. ft. home is about $25,000.00. Various experts and economist speculate on the why and when we will see prices come down, but most agree that we will continue to see the surge for some time and most are targeting the end of 2022 before we see prices drop.

At Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity, we will do what we have always done; dig deep, and push hard to find funding avenues that will help offset the rising cost of home. Affordable housing is a right and everyone deserves a decent place to call home.

Stuart Meadows. Welcome Home.

Stuart Meadows is the official name of our 18-home affordable housing development project at 113 W. Bender Rd. and the end of Water street in Ellensburg. The community will have a commanding view of the Mount Stuart Range while tucked into the beautiful meadowland area. The name was selected from a list provided by Habitat council, volunteers, and community members, who paired the list down to their top three finalist. From there, Kittitas County Habitat Homeowner, Katie Haysom honored us by selecting the final and fitting name for our upcoming community. “Coming home should feel tranquil and secure,” stated Katie, “that is what Stuart Meadows feels like to me.” We couldn’t agree more.

Here is a sneak peek at the two unique designs and floor plans for Stuart Meadows. If you would like to find out how to become a Habitat Homeowner, just go to www.BuyHabitat.org

Taneum West Design Rendering & Floorplan

Robinson East Design Rendering & Floorplan

Home Repair in Full Swing

It has been since December of 2018 that Habitat hammers have been swinging in our Home Repair program. We are beyond thrilled to be able to say that we are in full swing now, with our first home repair almost complete and two more in Upper County slated to start soon.

Turn that lamp into a home. Buying from the Store

Did you know that every dollar you spend at the Habitat for Humanity Store at 212 Railroad Avenue in Ellensburg helps build new affordable housing here in Kittitas County? Take advantage of our Store coupon below and thank you for helping us build much needed affordable housing for Kittitas County. For more information or to reach the Store, call 1.888.507.7078 x 5

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