Habitat started building their fifth home in the City of Hanford, on Friday July 29th, 2020 and 10 months later, more than 40 community members joined new homeowners Victor Gray, Danielle Solorio and their son Evan as they celebrated the completion of their forever home. Among the guests were Hanford City Mayor Francisco Ramirez, Kristine Lee from the Kings County Assessor’s office, Muni Sukhu representing the Hanford Rotary Community Foundation, house architect Thom Black, Matt Quinn from Valley Electrical Suppliers & Jared Bailey from Grocery Outlet, who gifted the new homeowners by filling the pantry with food and other necessities. A special thank you to Bucky Weeks from Adventist Health, for facilitating the house dedication for the family.
“The project was our ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ during the pandemic”, said Resource Development Director Deanna Saldana. “With Covid-19 protocols in place, we had volunteers work on the house along side the new homeowners, and continued our mission of building homes, communities and hope.”
The need for affordable housing has not changed-if anything, it’s become even more pronounced. Today, one in six families pay half or more of their income on rent or mortgage, often having to choose between paying for housing or nutritious food, reliable transportation or healthcare needs. Your home shouldn’t cost half your paycheck. Home shouldn’t cost you your health or your children’s education. When the cost of home is your family’s future, the cost is too high. There is a positive effect when everyone can afford a decent place to live reaches out and touches the entire community.
Habitat for Humanity is working with the City of Hanford and other local businesses to build more affordable housing, and the plan is to start the next project in 2022.
The Cameron Street project was possible because of the support from local businesses, congregations and individuals. Thank you so much for supporting Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties.
Home Builder Sponsors: Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank
Wall Raiser Sponsors: Union Bank, Pacific Western Bank, Visalia County Center Rotary.
Foundation Builder Sponsors: The Southern California Gas Company, Bank of the Sierra, First Baptist Church Hanford, Walmart D.C. Hanford, First United Methodist Church Hanford, Kahn Soars & Conway, Hanford Church of Christ, The Wonderful Company, Adventist Health, Griswold, LaSalle, Cobb, Dows & Gin LLP, Kings County Board of Realtors, Family Health Care Network, G.J. Gardner Homes, JH Tackett Inc., Kings United Way, Hanford Rotary Community Foundation & Hanford Church of Christ
In-Kind Sponsors: Crain’s Air Conditioning, Smith’s Roofing, Matt Quinn-Valley Electrical Suppliers, Grocery Outlet & Architect Thom Black
Thank you to the City of Hanford , the County of Kings and all the volunteers for being our partners in the pursuit of affordable housing for families in our community