A $10,000 grant from the Daniels Fund will help Habitat for Humanity finish building this duplex in West End Village.

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A $10,000 grant from the Daniels Fund will help Habitat for Humanity finish building this duplex in West End Village.

Habitat builds on grant

Daniels Fund donation helps West End Village homes

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— A $10,000 grant from the Daniels Fund will help Routt County Habitat for Humanity finish construction on a duplex in West End Village.

Habitat for Humanity International's local affiliate is in the process of building two units in Steamboat Springs for local families. Routt County's chapter of Habitat has built or renovated almost 30 residences for low-income families in the Yampa Valley since its founding in 1999, according to the agency.

The $10,000 grant was a gift from the Daniels Fund, a charitable grant program established in 1997 by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels. The fund oversees scholarship and grant programs in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

The duplex in the West End Village neighborhood will go to a pair of working single mothers. One of the beneficiaries is Marissa Jaime, a mother of five who has worked in the lodging industry in Steamboat Springs for the past decade. Jaime is the front desk clerk at The Antlers in Ski Time Square.

Her neighbor in West End Village will be Melissa Kerbs, a Yampa Valley Medical Center employee with two young children.

Homes built by Routt County Habitat for Humanity are sold to low-income families at cost, with a 30-year, zero-interest mortgage held by the organization. To qualify for a home, a family must earn less than 60 percent of the area median income. Recipients and their friends and family must donate at least 350 hours of sweat equity to the building of their homes.

Information provided by Routt County Habitat for Humanity

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