Building affordable homes in
Nez Perce and Asotin Counties since 1991
May 2023
What is Affordable Housing?
At Habitat for Humanity, we know that a family should never have to spend more than 30% of their income on a home. But consider that even before the coronavirus pandemic, more than 17 million U.S. households were paying half or more of their income on a place to live. That means nearly 1 in 7 families are denied the stability that safe, decent and affordable housing provides. 

At the most basic level, what makes a home affordable comes down to simple math. Subtract your monthly rent or mortgage from your take-home pay, and you should have enough money left over for life’s necessities. We cannot remain a healthy and stable community without adequate affordable housing. Businesses need employees and customers, schools need teachers and students, restaurants need cooks and patrons. In an economically sustainable community, there are enough people for each of these roles.

May is Affordable Housing Month, and it’s a great opportunity for our community to collectively advocate for affordable housing for everyone!

So, were do we begin?

Be Vocal
The need for ‘affordable housing’ is greater than ever. With growing housing shortages and how this impacts the quality of life for all residents, we must better prepared to speak and advocate on behalf of all our neighbors. Through HFH’s Cost of Home campaign, we are mobilizing local organizations, partners, volunteers, and community members across the country to find solutions and to help create policies that will allow individuals to have access to affordable homes. Together, we can make the cost of home something we all can afford. Join us!

Start Local
Supporting L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity programs is a powerful way to make a local impact. When we help our neighbors overcome unexpected expenses and allow them to remain or become safely housed, we have an immediate and lasting impact on the economic health and vitality of our community. An L-C Valley Habitat homeowner, Brittni Curl, had this to say about how L-C Valley Habitat helped her family- "Being able to put my hard-earned money to a house payment instead (of rent) is an amazing thing. The house is ours. No one can take it away. We can do anything."

Follow Along!
Finally, you can join us on our social platforms to stay informed and raise awareness by sharing with your friend groups when you feel inspired!
Deb Snyder, Executive Director
L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity
Join us at our
Women Build 2023 Kickoff
May 18, 2023 6-9pm
Corks for a Cause at Lindsay Creek Vineyards

Come join the fun at Lindsay Creek Vineyards as we kickoff our annual Women Build event! We'll share information about our Women Build 2023 fundraiser, celebrate women in the trades, and enjoy some lovely drinks and appetizers. A percentage of wine sales helps support our affordable housing programs.

This will also be the first opportunity to register for a spot on one of our Women Build days or purchase a scholarship for a student at LCSC or WWCC to help us build.

Learn more about our kickoff through our Facebook Event.
TCUW Day of Caring
Coleman Oil
Inland Cellular
We were fortunate to host two volunteer teams through Twin County United Way's Day of Caring. The group from Coleman Oil helped us prep our next Playhouse project by priming all of the pieces. The group from Inland Cellular helped out at the ReStore by revamping our tile and flooring room. The help these groups provided saved us countless hours of work and made a huge impact. Thank you all!
If your group or business is interested in sponsoring and participating in a playhouse project build, click here for more information.
Home is the Key Fundraiser
Thank you donors and sponsors!
Thank you to our local sponsors and the LC Valley community for supporting our April Home is the Key fundraising campaign!

This year with the help of our 4 sponsors, we raised $2,000. Please be sure to visit these locations, and let them know you appreciate them doing their part to support safe, affordable housing in the LC Valley. All donations stay right here in the valley to help us achieve our vision that everyone has a decent place to live.
Partner Locations
Habitat House #35
Construction Update
House #35 is coming right along! We completed the truss system installation, and had the crew from Apex Roofing come install our roof for us. Next step is siding!

We are always seeking additional volunteers for all stages of construction. If you are interested in joining us on the build site, click here or call our office at 509-758-7396.
THANK YOU Apex Roofing team for your in-kind support!
Meet Our New Partner Family
Beni is a hardworking, single mother of 3 children. When she was young, she quit school after 7th grade and had to get a GED to be able to work. In recent years, she returned to school at LCSC and earned her degree in engineering!

One of the things she is most excited about with her new home is the chance to plant her very own peach tree in the yard. She also shared how excited she is to have her children grow up in their own home and attend school without the worry of changing schools like they would have if she had to find a new place to rent.
Clarkston Affordable Home Repair (CAHR) Update
Before: Lead paint on exterior, poorly fitting front and back doors.
After: New paint, handrail added to front porch, new front and back doors, new gutters
Brenda's Story
Brenda purchased her Clarkston home 3 years ago. She has done numerous projects to upgrade her home in that time, but found that many repairs and projects were beyond both her skill level and financial means. One day, she came home to a flyer on her gate about the Clarkston Affordable Home Repair (CAHR) Program. Because she needed some “big stuff” done to ensure the safety of her home, she decided to apply for help.

When asked how the CAHR Program impacted her, Brenda said, “It is an amazing program. The whole process was great- not at all difficult. Habitat really helps people and what you have to give back is next to nothing. This is a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I never would have been able to complete these projects without Habitat for Humanity. I really appreciate it.”
At this time, we are in the process of completing our final projects around Clarkston. We reached the end of our grant funding for the CAHR program and are no longer taking applications. We hope to see renewed funding soon and be able to restart the program in the fall.
Cars For Homes
Tired of looking at that unused car, truck, boat, RV, or motorcycle that is just sitting in your driveway? Donate it!

Cars for Homes provides a way for you to get rid of that vehicle, get a tax write-off, and support L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity's goal of providing safe and affordable housing in the LC Valley.

Call 1-877-277-4334 or visit our online donation wizard here.
Cleaning out your basement, attic, or garage? Donate your unwanted furniture, appliances, building materials, old cabinets, and more to the Habitat ReStore where every purchase helps build an affordable home in the LC Valley. We pick up in Lewiston, Clarkston, Asotin, and Lapwai.

Not sure if we accept your items? Give us a call at 208-743-1300 or look at our "Do Not Accept" list here. You can now request an item pickup 24 hours a day on our website. Someone from the store will call you back within 2 business days.

As a reminder, please do not leave your donations at the back of the store during non-business hours.
THANK YOU for your
in-kind donations:
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2023 Board of Directors
Caleb Carlyle, Vice Chair
Rayla Carlyle
Dave Clark, Chair
Barbara Craigie
Lorie Eggers, Secretary
Debbie Goodwin
Scott Jordan
Tenille Taylor, Treasurer
Kim Tuschhoff
Deb Snyder, Executive Director
1242 Highland Ave, Clarkston, WA 99403
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Admin Office Closed : Sat-Sun