Habitat selects its fourth family

Phippsburg couple and children chosen for half of West End duplex

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Habitat for Humanity has picked the fourth family it will help purchase and build an affordable home in Steamboat Springs.

At its November board meeting, Routt County Habitat for Humanity selected Donald and Flora Lott for its fourth affordable housing project. The Lotts, who rent a home in Phippsburg, have three children, Ashley, 12, Dustin, 7, and David, 5.

Flora Lott is a nursing assistant at the Doak Walker Care Center, making the 45-minute commute to Steamboat every day in the only car the family owns. Donald Lott stays at home to care for the children.

Habitat board member Ray Wright said the nonprofit organization selects families based on income, the status of families' existing housing and good credit.

"It's always good when you can put people in a home for a long-term basis," Wright said.

The Lotts have been selected for a duplex planned in the West End Village development. Habitat expects to start construction on the house next summer.

The organization is looking for a family to fill the other half of the duplex.

To be eligible to purchase a home through Habitat for Humanity, a family must earn less than 60 percent of the median household income in Routt County, with preference given to families with income less than 50 percent of the median income.

Habitat is in the construction phase of its second housing project. The group is building a duplex in the West End Village development.

Single mother Ellen Claire and her two children, 8-year-old Codi and 6-year-old Ty, will live in one side of the house. Walter and Jessica Copeland and their two children, 2-year-old Mckenzie and infant Walter, have been selected for the other side.

Claire is a draftsman and lives in a mobile home in Steamboat. Walter Copeland is an excavator and truck driver who lives in Hayden with his family in a two-bedroom apartment.

Neil and Beverly Marchman and their four children were the first family to purchase a house through Habitat. They moved out of a mobile home and into a 1,110-square-foot home on Conestoga Circle.

The families selected represent an interesting cross-section of the community, Wright said, with members in the education, health care and construction sectors.

Habitat is still looking for volunteers to work on the duplex under construction on West End Village Drive. Work is being done on the home every Wednesday through Sunday.

Wright said they are just finishing putting a roof on the house. The only remaining outside work is installing siding.

Volunteers can help with inside projects, such as plumbing and electrical wiring and putting in sheet rock.

Because of weather, Wright said the construction schedule is running a little bit behind. Completion is expected in late February.

Habitat also continues to look for monetary donations. The nonprofit needs about $50,000 of in cash and in-kind donations to complete the duplex under construction and another $100,000 for the duplex planned for next year.


-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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