Summit Habitat for Humanity announced this week it will soon break ground on its newest home project.
The news comes at a special time in the local chapter’s history because the building permit, which was issued Tuesday by Summit County, nearly fell on the 13th anniversary of Summit Habitat’s first project.
The new house will be located on Illinois Gulch Road in the Woodmoor development in Breckenridge. The three-bedroom, two-bath, three-story home, designed by Mark Hogan, will encompass 1,400 finished square feet and benefit a local family of five. This marks Summit Habitat’s fourth home building project since 2000.
April Weber, currently of Frisco and owner of First Impressions Salon, also in Frisco, was chosen to occupy the home from a pool of applicants. It is slated for completion sometime before Thanksgiving.
“We’re pretty flipping excited,” Weber said Thursday. “I screamed into the phone like I won the Miss America Pageant. I didn’t think I would ever be able to own a home up here again.”
Weber, who has been a Summit County resident for 19 years, shares custody of her four children, aged 2, 8, 10 and 11, with her ex-husband.
Raising them nearly on her own has been particularly challenging because she’s been forced to move her family into rentals three times in each of the last three years. The owners all put their homes on the market toward the end of Weber’s leases and each property sold surprisingly fast, Weber said, including one that was only advertised on Craigslist.
“Moving is never easy, but it’s especially difficult putting kids through that much change,” Weber said. “I’m very grateful to get this opportunity for my family, but I don’t think I’m more deserving than anyone else.”
To partner with Habitat for Humanity, beneficiaries must earn 80 percent below the area median income for their family size, said Nancy Shockey, executive director of the local chapter. Weber also needed to show she could contribute a modest down payment and be able to handle monthly mortgage payments, which has been set as a 30-year, no interest loan.
In addition to finances, all Habitat partners are expected to assist with the construction of their own homes. Weber will put in 200 hours in as part of her agreement with Summit Habitat.
The public is invited to attend a blessing and groundbreaking ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the building site, Lot 3R in the Woodmoor development in Breckenridge, located on Illinois Gulch Road, off of Boreas Pass Road.
More information about volunteer and fundraising opportunities will be released in the coming weeks, Shockey said.