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Habitat ReStore Celebrates Earth Day April 22

The Habitat ReStore will celebrate Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, with some special activities at the store, 7612 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage.

Need help recycling old cans of latex paint? The Habitat ReStore is hosting a paint recycling event. The public can drop off cans of latex paint at the store on Saturday only, 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Donated latex paint will be recycled into E-Paint®, which is sold in Habitat ReStores throughout Michigan and the Midwest.

HOMEOWNERSHIP PROGRAM APPLICATION CYCLE OPEN

The application cycle for Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity’s (Habitat) homeownership program is open until May 12. Application packets are available upon request from the Habitat office, 1126 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, 269-344-2443.

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity builds 4-5 decent, affordable homes each year in partnership with qualified future homeowners. Habitat builds and rehabilitates homes in locations where future homeowners, volunteers, affordable lots and/or rehab-able homes, and funding are available. Habitat sells its homes without profit and provides an affordable mortgage. Qualified applicants must need better housing, be able to repay the mortgage Habitat provides, and be willing to partner with Habitat to complete the program requirements. Applicants also must meet income guidelines determined annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. More detailed information can be viewed at www.habitatkalamazoo.org. Application packets can be requested by contacting the Habitat office, 1126 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, 269-344-2443.

Habitat welcomes the participation of all people, and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic or religious background, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or familial status, weight, disability, veteran status, or any other class protected by law in accordance with all federal and state laws.

D &W Fresh Market and Family Fare Shoppers Raise $8,100 for Habitat

D & W Fresh Market shoppers in Kalamazoo and Portage and Family Fare shoppers in Vicksburg raised $8,139. 94 for Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity in February. Shoppers made a voluntary contribution of $1, $5 or $10 at any checkout lane, with 100 percent of dollars raised going to Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat and Lowe’s Team Up for 10th annual National Women Build Week

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity and a future homeowner family will work alongside Lowe’s volunteers and all-female construction crews for Habitat for Humanity’s 10th annual National Women Build Week, May 6-14. Habitat’s National Women Build Week invites women to help make a difference and devote at least one day to help build decent and affordable housing in their local communities.

Campus Campout Raises $3,000 for Habitat

Members of Western Michigan University’s Alpha Tau Omega (ATΩ) fraternity camped out for 48 consecutive hours to raise funds for Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, March 13-15 The ATΩ brothers raised just over $3,000 to help Habitat.

Energy-Efficient Rehab Will Be New Home for 201st Habitat for Humanity Family

It took 320 volunteers more than 1,891 hours to rehabilitate a small house on Kalamazoo’s Eastside but it will take just one family to make it a home. The transformation began on Sunday, January 29, when a local family of four dedicated its new Habitat for Humanity home.

200th Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Family Dedicates Home

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity celebrated with its 200th homeowner family on Sunday, November 13. The family of seven gathered with friends, neighbors, and Habitat volunteers to dedicate its new home at 616 Jefferson Place, in Kalamazoo’s Douglas Neighborhood.

Habitat Earns Prestigious Housing Innovation Award from the US Department of Energy

The US Department of Energy has awarded Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) a 2016 Housing Innovation Award in the Affordable category. The award recognizes the1,100 square foot, 3-bedroom home on Glendale Boulevard in Kalamazoo Habitat completed last spring. Grand Winners in each category will be announced at the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, September 27th at the EEBA Excellence in Building Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Habitat for Humanity Builds Kalamazoo’s First “Tiny House”

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) is building the first legally permitted tiny house in the city of Kalamazoo. Construction began Tuesday, August 23, on the innovative house i n Kalamazoo’s Eastside neighborhood. When finished, the home will provide 230 square feet of living space for a single homeowner.

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