El Dorado County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity officials announced the receipt of grants to support the upcoming Cameron Park build and to benefit the daily operations of the Habitat Chapter office — $3,000 was donated by El Dorado Savings which will be allocated to purchase much needed office software. Another generous grant of $5,000 was received from Union Bank.
The monies received from Union Bank will aid in building the latest El Dorado County Habitat for Humanity project, located in Cameron Park near Green Valley Road. Habitat has plans to build four units.
“Even in hard economic times, large corporations, local businesses and individual donors are stepping up and helping us prepare for our largest build in El Dorado County,” said Scott Saitman, president of the El Dorado County Habitat for Humanity chapter. “The downturn in the real estate market still has not made it possible for affordable housing in El Dorado County. Even though home prices have dropped, the ability to finance a home is more difficult than ever. Habitat for Humanity, with the support of donors and sponsors, not only builds affordable housing but more important in these times, finances the homes to our partner families
“These homes are not a hand out; our families must qualify financially, go through a vigorous interview process and provide a minimum 500 sweat equity hours in their home or others,” Saitman added.
With groundbreaking in Cameron Park approaching, Habitat For Humanity is soliciting cash donations and volunteers.
“The El Dorado County Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to build affordable housing for those in need,” said Executive Director Candy Alexander. “Our task is to give deserving families a hand up, not a hand out.”
To volunteer, donate or apply for a home interested parties should visit edchabitat.com or call 530-621-1111.