Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley breaks new ground

Nonprofit celebrates the start of building on two new homes in Perris

From left to right: Zack Wybert, 5th District Board Assistant; Craig Evans, HFHIV Board Member; Mervyn Manalo, Riverside County Economic Development Agency; Barry Busch, City of Perris Mayor; Tammy Marine, HFHIV Executive Director; Marion Ashley, 5th District Riverside County Supervisor; Jaime Hurtado, 5th District Riverside Chief of Staff; John Aguilar, Deputy Director County of Riverside; David French, HFHIV Board Member; Cesar Gomez, Representative from Assemblyman Jose Medina's Office; and HFHIV Board Member Liz Bibb. Photo by Stacey Savin

From left to right: Zack Wybert, 5th District Board Assistant; Craig Evans, HFHIV Board Member; Mervyn Manalo, Riverside County Economic Development Agency; Barry Busch, City of Perris Mayor; Tammy Marine, HFHIV Executive Director; Marion Ashley, 5th District Riverside County Supervisor; Jaime Hurtado, 5th District Riverside Chief of Staff; John Aguilar, Deputy Director County of Riverside; David French, HFHIV Board Member; Cesar Gomez, Representative from Assemblyman Jose Medina's Office; and HFHIV Board Member Liz Bibb. Photo by Stacey Savin

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  PERRIS (July 18, 2016) — Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley — along with City, County and government officials — broke ground Wednesday, July 6 on a lot that will eventually become “home” to two deserving families in Perris.

  Construction is scheduled to begin on the two, single-family homes this fall with completion anticipated in spring of 2017. The 1,100 square foot houses will each have three bedrooms and two bathrooms and attached, two-car garages.

  Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley Executive Director Tammy Marine told the crowd “We’re excited to be here today. It’s really a testament to the people and agencies behind the scenes that have worked tirelessly to ensure this day came to fruition.” (More)

  The project is part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program managed by the County of Riverside Economic Development Agency.  

 “There is a very important partnership between the County of Riverside and Habitat for Humanity,” Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley said at the event. “The positive impact of this project on the neighborhood and the City of Perris benefits not only the residents, but the community as well.  Habitat helps to fill the need for affordable housing, a need that is greater than ever.”

  Cesar Gomez, a representative for California State Assemblyman Jose Medina, congratulated Habitat on the groundbreaking and presented Marine and Board Member Craig Evans with a certificate from the State Assembly.  “This project is something that not only will help the community, but also families in need,” Gomez said. “And we thank Habitat for their strong leadership.”

  Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley is currently accepting applications from prospective purchasers for these homes.  Selection for the homes is based on the family’s need for better housing, ability to pay, and willingness to partner with Habitat.  In addition, a unique Habitat purchase condition called “sweat equity” requires families to donate volunteer labor by working on their own, or other Habitat projects.  Although not a requirement for applicants, preference for these homes will be given to veterans and military families.

  For more information about these houses or other services offered by Habitat, visit the Habitat web site at www.habitativ.org or call Debbie Sanine at 296-3362, Ext. 207.  

Photos by Stacey Savin