City of Tempe Public Information Officer
Tempe, Ariz. – As two more families are set to receive the keys to their brand new Habitat for Humanity homes, the community is invited to celebrate their dedications and welcome their new neighbors to Tempe on Saturday, June 1.
In January, the City of Tempe and Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona (HFHCAZ) teamed up with local organizations to provide three families each with a new LEED Platinum Certified home. Two of these homes will be dedicated on Saturday.
The first dedication will occur at 9 a.m. at the Acuna Home, 2227 E. Randall Dr. Sponsored by the East Valley Catholic Coalition, the Acuna Family Home broke ground in February. The East Valley Catholic Coalition is comprised of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church and St. Patrick Catholic Community.
The second dedication will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Andrade Home, 1130 S. Stratton Ln. This home was sponsored by the Ramsey Social Justice Foundation and was a community-driven build, as Tempe organizations, church groups, college students and local businesses volunteered each week to hammer nails, mount roofing, install drywall and paint.
The Palomares Home was completed and dedicated in April. Also located on Randall Drive, this home was sponsored and built by SRP.
“There’s a sense of pride and commitment that comes with owning your own home,” said Mayor Mark Mitchell. “Not only does owning a home provide shelter and security to families, but it also creates a sense of community and partnership.”
Tempe’s partnership with HFHCAZ is part of the city’s focused neighborhood revitalization effort to help stabilize our neighborhoods. By partnering with organizations like HFHCAZ, the City of Tempe is able to leverage our resources to maximize the positive impact on the community. Converting vacant lots and abandoned properties into affordable housing options for our residents also helps reduce the opportunities for illegal dumping and graffiti.
In addition to partnering with organizations, the City of Tempe is proud to offer several affordable housing options, including the Community Assisted Mortgage Program (CAMP). CAMP is an affordable homebuyer program for moderate-income, first-time households. It provides financial incentives to homebuyers and encourages reinvestment in Tempe’s neighborhoods. There is currently not a waiting list for the CAMP program. For additional information on eligibility for the program or for questions about other affordable housing options, visit www.Tempe.gov/housing.
About Habitat for Humanity for Humanity Central Arizona:
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona (HFHCAZ) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that builds, renovates and repairs homes in partnership with families in need. Serving Arizona since 1985, HFHCAZ (an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International) is an independent, locally run nonprofit organization which helps families of low and moderate incomes become homeowners by building and partnering in the creation of affordable housing. HFHCAZ also builds community partnerships that promote spiritual values and individual responsibility. The Central Arizona affiliate is one of the most active of the Habitat affiliates and is responsible for building and renovating over 864 homes. Currently, the affiliate is active in Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County.