Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County

Construction Update: August 2023

Where We're At

We are still awaiting permits on our projects in Sumas, Custer, Bellingham and Everson. Nevertheless, we have been busy this past month with a bit of housekeeping and a number of projects thanks to a recently developed partnership. Read on for more.

Telegraph Townhomes

The housekeeping continues at our Telegraph Townhomes community in advance of the next phase of the project. This past month, we moved our storage containers on site to create a more functional workspace adjacent to the next building we will break ground on. Our volunteers also applied a fresh coat of paint to a trailer that has been with our affiliate for years.

In more exciting news, we hosted two dedications earlier this month for our Habitat homeowners in 1b! We are overjoyed that Kelly and Juliana will have the opportunity to move in soon, and can’t wait for our Kulshan homeowners to move in as well.

Juliana Cutting Ribbon

Sheds 4 Sale

We have a total of 5 custom shed orders that our volunteers are in the process of fulfilling. The money our affiliate makes from the sale of these five will be enough to buy our entire window package for the next phase of the Telegraph Townhome project.

Stop by our store to see the display model and find out how you can order your own!

Northwest Washington Fair

This past month, our volunteers spent some time preparing a wall display/photobooth for our booth at the Northwest Washington Fair. Fair attendees got a chance to take photos in front of the display with props from our construction sites.

Additionally, they could walk around the walls to learn about our climate conscious construction methods and the motivations behind them. One wall was modeled after the style we use in our Telegraph Townhome community – 2×6 framing with insulated sheathing on the outside and blown in insulation in wall cavities. The other was modeled after our Mateo Mateo Meadows community – an 8 inch double 2×4 wall with blown in insulation in the wall cavity. The purpose of each construction style is to prevent thermal bridging, air exchange, and heat loss.

Our volunteers also designed a birdhouse assembly for children to put together at the fair and bundled up over 50 packages with the necessary materials. It was a joy to see kids excited about construction.

Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative

We have now finished our 7th and final floor restoration project in the Everson Mobile Home Estates. We are so proud of the impact our volunteers have been able to make in this community. It is such a pleasure to see how much of a difference these beautiful and structurally sound floors make.

Additionally, our volunteers refinished a second deck in Everson and repaired a sagging front porch.

Where We're Headed

We are unsure which permit will drop first, but plan to continue our neighborhood revitalization projects until that time comes. Stay tuned to learn what project we will be starting on next, and visit our website to learn where you can volunteer with us each week.

There are many ways to bring affordable housing to our community and every hand makes a difference!

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