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Low-Income and Farm working Families Grateful to Own their First Home

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Non-profits like Catholic Charities Housing Services and Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing teamed up to finance and build 41 multiple housing units and 7 single family units in Grandview. Non-profits like Catholic Charities Housing Services and Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing teamed up to finance and build 41 multiple housing units and 7 single family units in Grandview.

GRANDVIEW, WA -- We depend on farmworkers to keep Washington State's agriculture industry thriving, and now non-profit housing services want to give back.

Farm working families and single parent families tell us they're very grateful and happy to invest the time into building their homes with non-profit organizations. Housing services said farmworkers typically make $16,000 a year, and sometimes having adequate shelter comes second to feeding their families.

Lorena Ramirez is a single mom and a working woman trying to make ends meet for her family.

"My son is diagnosed with autism," said Ramirez. "He's a special needs child so that on it's own has been a struggle to maintain a job and take care of him."

Ramirez gets her 12-year-old boy to all his appointments and puts food on the table but until now, she's never managed to have a home she can call her own.

"I lived with my parents for a while," said Ramirez. "I've rented, lived back with my parents, rented. Just back and forth a lot of moving, trying to get out on your own."

"The difficult challenges of choosing between paying your rent and utilities or buying food or clothes for kids, is a challenge that's difficult for any one of us," said Bryan Ketcham, the Executive Director of Catholic Charities Housing Services.

A challenge Ramirez faced until she discovered local housing services. Non-profits like Catholic Charities Housing Services and Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing teamed up to finance and build 41 multiple housing units and 7 single family units in Grandview. A project that took several years.

"To see it actually finished, families and the community very appreciative and supportive, it's a big accomplishment and something we're proud of," said Marty Miller, the Executive Director of Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing.

Groundbreaking for the single family units just got underway Tuesday but the multiple family units for farmworkers and low-income people are ready to be lived in.

The non-profits said it took only three months to lease the 41 multiple family units, and they often have 50 to 100 families on a waiting list.

They said the need for affordable housing is always there.

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