Spotlight on HOME: Hope Meadows in Deer Park, WA
For over 20 years, the HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME) has played a critical role providing affordable housing opportunities to seniors, people with disabilities, low-income families with children, veterans, and people experiencing homelessness. Despite the program’s success, HOME funding has been deeply cut in recent years. The “Spotlight on HOME” blog series focuses on the individuals and families served by HOME and what is at stake if the program is further cut.
In 2015, Habitat for Humanity-Spokane completed ten energy-efficient, healthy, affordable homes, nestled in the Hope Meadows community in rural Deer Park, Washington. The organization built these homes to not only provide stability for low-income families earning less than 60 percent of the area median income, but to serve as an asset to eliminate poverty for generations, spur economic growth in communities that need it, and further civic responsibility for the families that live in them.
The Shawvers are one of the ten families now living in the Hope Meadows community after struggling to keep their small carpet cleaning business afloat, while raising a large family. For nearly 20 years, Kevin and Kathy Shawver lived in a once-condemned trailer outside of Deer Park. They used a propane generator to power their home during certain intervals of the day and a wood-burning stove to provide heat. Every morning during the winter months, the Shawvers woke up to ice crystals in their kitchen.
Under Habitat for Humanity-Spokane’s Homeownership program, the Shawvers contributed 500 hours of sweat equity to build their own home. They saved money to pay for closing costs and took first-time homebuyer education and wealth management courses. In partnership with Spokane County Department of Housing and Community Development, the Shawvers and nine other families also received down payment assistance. This assistance was funded with $300,000 in HOME funds and $150,000 from the Self-Help Home Ownership Program (SHOP).
Today, the Shawvers are proud homeowners and are grateful for programs like HOME that help low-income families access safe, decent, and affordable housing.
- Location: Deer Park, WA
- Project: Rural Habitat for Humanity Homebuyer Assistance
- HOME: $300,000
- Total Cost: $1.5 M
- Other Federal: $150,000 Self-Help Homeownernship Opportunities Program
- Units: 10
- Districts: WA-05
About Habitat for Humanity-Spokane
Habitat for Humanity-Spokane was founded in 1987 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Since the day Habitat for Humanity-Spokane finished its first home in 1988, its mission and vision has been anchored by its dedication to ending the cycle of poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity-Spokane believes that everyone deserves a safe, decent, and affordable place to live and grow. Together with the help from the Spokane, Washington community and others, the organization builds hope, communities, and homes.
With the assistance of the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program, Habitat for Humanity is able to provide homebuyer assistance to the hardworking and deserving families of Spokane.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity-Spokane and Hope Meadows, please contact Michelle Girardot at (509) 534-2552 or email@example.com.
In October 2015, the HOME Coalition published the Building HOME report analyzing the economic impact of HOME nationwide and in all 50 states. The report also features a collection of more than 100 HOME Success Stories. For more information, check out Enterprise’s recent blog post on how you can help #SaveHOME.