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Habitat event in Steamboat has several purposes

Organization hopes to provide information, raise money

Jack Weinstein

Routt County Habitat for Humanity Construction Manager Mike Williams

— Routt County Habitat for Humanity will provide free hot dogs and cocoa to people who stop by Cook Chevrolet, Jeep & Subaru in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday to learn about program eligibility and volunteer opportunities.

And Executive Director Jody Patten said she hopes those who stop by between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. also might be willing to donate to the organization that builds and repairs homes for local low-income families. A local donor will match donations to as much as $1,000, Patten said. She said Monday that she couldn't identify the donor.

To date, Patten said she has raised just more than $17,000 toward her 2010-11 fiscal year goal of $135,000. She said meeting that goal would allow Habitat to pay back a loan on land purchased in Oak Creek, buy a lot in Steamboat, partner with a family on a home addition or remodel and continue Brush With Kindness, its new home repair program.

"I've got a ways to go to get to 135K," she said.

Unlike in years past, when Habitat built homes for eligible families, Patten said the organization is focusing on buying land for future projects. She said Habitat used a $33,000 zero percent interest loan from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation to buy land in Oak Creek for a future home site.

She said Habitat is looking at buying a duplex lot in Steamboat for $80,000.

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"We're trying to grab land while land is affordable as it's going to be, we think," Patten said. "Land prices are going to come up. They're not going to stay low forever."

She said Habitat hopes to build the Oak Creek single-family home and Steamboat duplex in the next year or two. But until then, Patten said Habitat hopes to raise $20,000 that would be used to partner with a local family on a home addition or remodel.

And she said Habitat is trying to raise $5,000 to continue Brush With Kindness, a program that started in fall and focused on minor home repairs.

Patten said Wednesday's event would allow Habitat to provide information to families about who is eligible for the program — households that make 50 percent or less of the area median income, about $48,000 a year for a family of four. She said it also would allow the organization to engage potential volunteers.

Also, Patten added that Subaru would make a $250 donation to one of several charities, including Habitat for Humanity International, for every car it sells through Monday. She said the car buyer could decide which charity receives the donation.

And she said that because Habitat is hosting the fundraising and informational event, it is eligible to receive a $2,000 grant from Subaru.

Patten said a $50 donation from Walmart helped pay for the hot dogs and cocoa.

How to help

For more information about Routt County Habitat for Humanity or to donate, visit http://www.routtcohabitat.org. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 772012, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Call 970-871-6101.

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