The City of Federal Way received a $1.693 million dollar grant through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Washington State Department of Commerce to purchase and rehabilitate 14 vacant and foreclosed homes in the greater Westway neighborhood.
The City is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Seattle/South King County (HFHSSKC) with the intention of selling the refurbished houses to low- and moderate-income individuals. Habitat for Humanity generates homeownership opportunities for lower income households. Habitat for Humanity will repair and renovate the houses using volunteer labor and homeowner sweat equity then will sell them at cost to deserving families whose income is between 30% and 60% of the area median income.
Investment Area - Greater Westway Neighborhood
The target area is located within Census tract 303.11, and is bordered by SW 328th Street on the North, 21st Avenue SW on the East, 30th Avenue SW on the West and SW 336th Street on the South.
Habitat for Humanity is committed to identifying local businesses and subcontractors to create a pool of local businesses and subcontractors for work on the homes. They try to utilize local vendors for supplies and when necessary recruit and hire local area small business owners and contractors who are familiar with local code requirements and regulations. To find out more, please contact Habitat for Humanity at 206-292-5240.
Project Progress - Updated 1/17/2013
Thus far, the City of Federal Way and Habitat for Humanity have purchased seven out of the fourteen homes in the Greater Westway Neighborhood. We are actively searching for other homes for purchase.
Three houses have been finished and families have moved in. Rehabilitation activities for the 4 other homes have started and will be ongoing.
Habitat for Humanity hosted a very successful family recruiting event where 70+ people were in attendance. Six families have been approved for homeownership. Habitat for Humanity is working with 15 other households to help them with credit issues and other items that are preventing them from homeownership.
Want to volunteer for the Greater Westway Neighborhood Project? Please contact Margie Law, Habitat for Humanity Seattle/South King County Volunteer Manager, or (206) 292-5240 ext. 111.