PASCO, WA - Habitat for Humanity is starting its latest project called the Whitehouse Addition in what will be the first ever habitat community. The neighborhood will house 24 low-income families and will be built in Pasco. The three year plan will build 8 houses each year with partnerships with Tri Tech Skill Center, Washington State University and others that sponsor the homes and work to build them. In order to be eligible for a house families need to be able to pay a no interest mortgage and put in five hundred hours of "sweat equity" or building time into their home.
We talked with executive director Rick Jansons about his work with the homes, "This is the best job I've ever had, you get to help people for a living. You get to make a difference for kids and then those kids go on and they stay in school."
Habitat says the project will cost $3.4 million to complete and they are still looking for sponsors for homes and volunteers to help build them. If you would like to be apart of the Whitehouse Addition Project you can call Habitat for Humanity at 509-943-5555.