Renee Gaerlan

Renee Gaerlan 1 year, 8 months ago on Routt County Habitat for Humanity contracts hit snags; duplex stands empty

This statement is accurate based upon the terms widely posted online (which were recently altered on the RCHFH site), in official documents, and verbally for 24 months. Sadly, that is not accurate based upon current terms set forth.

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Renee Gaerlan 1 year, 8 months ago on Routt County Habitat for Humanity contracts hit snags; duplex stands empty

Thanks Kitty; we are both proud of our jobs in service. Terry sacrificed precious time away from our boys to secure a stable living situation. We can never get that time back, but we can acknowledge the sacrifice.

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Renee Gaerlan 1 year, 8 months ago on Routt County Habitat for Humanity contracts hit snags; duplex stands empty

There were 3 or four project managers from Nov 2011-Dec 2012. I know that at least 2 of them quit; one on the spot due to a bad experience with RCHFH leadership. The project lacked communication from the onset.

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Renee Gaerlan 1 year, 8 months ago on Routt County Habitat for Humanity contracts hit snags; duplex stands empty

Kat asked for the "formula" on several occasions in December when we were trying to understand how the home sky rocketed to $199,000. Kat was sent an email on Dec 6, 2012 from Jody Patten stating:

"Our Habitat construction committee just met Tuesday night and has unanimously decided not to provide our partner families with the detailed construction costs and in-kind donations. With construction bids, pricing is most often proprietary and it is no different for our various subcontractors even though we are a nonprofit. We feel that providing you with the formula used and the documentation to prove it is in line with Habitat state and national policy is more than sufficient transparency"

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Renee Gaerlan 1 year, 8 months ago on shocked

Hello Harry,

Thank you for commenting on the Habitat story. I hope you will take the time to read the comments I posted to better understand the full story.

Thank you Renee

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Renee Gaerlan 1 year, 8 months ago on markhartless

Hello Mark,

Thank you for reading the article and responding. My mother knows you and tells me you are a great person and savvy business man. Will you please read the post I made so that you are fully informed? I agree that you have some valid points, however, I dissagree in that my family was heavily invested on many levels and we were deceived up to the eleventh hour.

Thanks for your consideration Renee

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Renee Gaerlan 1 year, 8 months ago on jlc

Hi Jerry. Thank you for your comment on the Habitat house. Please read my post under the main story if you are interested in more about the story.

Is $199,000 for a home in Steamboat a “very good price” as Jerry Carlton commented when it does not come with any structural, electrical, plumbing, or otherwise warranties as it was built by volunteers, is double deed restricted, can only appreciate at a 3% cap per year, must be sold to a family at 60% AMI (average median income) or seller (“partner family”) is responsible for paying back a $20,000 CDOH grant and possibly others, must split any gains 50/50 with Routt County Habitat For Humanity, has a deed that was recently changed wherein “temporary vacations may not exceed an aggregate total of 30 days per year”, and 350 sweat equity hours must be completed prior to move in? While I do not dispute that the “partner families” were aware of some of the aforementioned points, it was at an anticipated purchase price of no more than $150,000, and a zero interest loan. I have never heard a deed limiting a family to be away from their home for an “aggregate total of 30 days per year”.

My husband and I consulted a highly regarded real estate agent/owner in town and he told is the deal had “too much hair on it” and that it just didn’t make sense. Further, we were informed by another source that any family that purchases the duplex under the terms our family was offered will be upside down the moment they sign.

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Renee Gaerlan 1 year, 8 months ago on Scott_Wedel

Scott, thank you so much for reading between the lines and understanding what really happened to the "partner families". Please read the post if you want to get the truth from the other side.

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Renee Gaerlan 1 year, 8 months ago on lov2sail

Paula, thank you for your comments. Please read the post I put in comment section and share the informaion. People need to know the truth.

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Renee Gaerlan 1 year, 8 months ago on Routt County Habitat for Humanity contracts hit snags; duplex stands empty

Although it is true that home ownership is not for everyone, I have been told that people in the community believe we somehow did not do what we needed to do to get into the house. To the contrary, the only thing we did not do is sign a contract that would have hindered our family. My boys tiny handprints are painted inside the walls of the rooms that should have been theirs, my 86 year old grandmother wrote a message in the hallway wall, my friends & family that volunteered on the project signed the walls, and I asked every single volunteer that I worked with to sign so that the walls of our home would be filled by the hearts and hands that helped make it possible. This is not the outcome we would have ever expected from a Christian based non-profit organization.

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