07/03/2012: "$850K In Grants Awarded To Homes For Islanders"
Homes for Islanders (HFI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has received another two-year grant by USDA-Rural Development to provide Technical Assistance for constructing 21 self-help homes in Friday Harbor. The grant is for $700,000.00 for "staff, supplies and overhead."
The grant funds also provide supervision and training for 21 families to build their homes in Friday Harbor.
The first group of12 families is being formed and will likely start construction in September. The first group will build their new homes on Corliss Court and on Sunday Drive, off of Grover Street near Friday Harbor Elementary School.
Homes for Islanders is currently taking applications for all 21 homes. In order to qualify, applicants must be in the low to very low income brackets, have good credit and stable employment.
This is wonderful opportunity to work hard to own a home at very reasonable monthly payments, so please come in and learn more even if you have doubts about whether you might qualify.
In addition, Homes for Islanders has received a second grant of over $150,000 from Community Frameworks to assist the applicants in down payment assistance if required.
There are currently 21 homes in the final construction phases and visitors are welcome to view the homes (exterior only) off of Lampard Road at Ross Lane and Browne Street in Friday Harbor.
When complete, these 21 homes will add to the 49 homes already completed over the past 6 years.
Those interested in applying are encouraged to contact Homes for Islanders at 370-5944, or fill out an application by visiting www.homesforislanders.org for the application.
Applicants may also visit the office for an application; we are located at 640 Mullis Street, Suite 102b (on the corner of Mullis St. and Market St.).
Agencies contributing to this project include: The United States Department of Agriculture �" Rural Development Community Frameworks Housing Assistance Council Rural Community Assistance Corporation San Juan County Town of Friday Harbor Homes for Islanders is an Equal Opportunity Program. Discrimination is prohibited by Federal law. Complaints of discrimination may be filed with the USDA, Director of Civil Rights, Washington D. C. 20250.