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Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking in Park City

Park City—A groundbreaking ceremony was held for Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties’ first two single-family homes to be constructed at Silver Creek Village. Those in attendance at the August 8th event included representatives from sponsors Village Development Group, Wells Fargo, Think Architecture, Vail EpicPromise, and Summit County. The family who will reside in the first of the two homes was also there to celebrate, in addition to board members, staff, and volunteers.

Silver Creek Village marks Habitat for Humanity of Summit & Wasatch Counties’ most ambitious, robust project to date. Twenty-six homes in total will be designated for the local nonprofit’s beneficiaries. The first two to be constructed are single-family residences. Plans call for up to 24 attached townhomes to follow. Habitat’s homes will be part of a total of 330 affordable housing residences in the master-planned community which will consist of 1300 homes.

“The project at Silver Creek Village has long been in the planning stages, and it was exciting to celebrate the groundbreaking with so many enthusiastic supporters who have made this possible,” says Shellie Barrus, Habit for Humanity of Summit & Wasatch Counties’ Executive Director. “We are grateful to be in a position where we can begin to make a more significant impact on Park City’s affordable housing needs and empower those who work in the community to live locally and become more engaged.”

A family has been selected for this initial home, and as with all local Habitat homes, sweat equity is a requirement. Each adult is committed to completing 200 hours of work on their home. To qualify, families must earn 30 to 60 percent of the Area Media Income.

Thanks to a partnership with Utah Clean Energy, Think Architecture, and energy consultants Nexant, these Silver Creek Village homes will be the first Habitat projects to be Zero Energy Ready in Utah. The goal is for homes to be designed to qualify for the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Zero Energy Ready Home” certification.

Ms. Barrus adds, “By making these homes energy efficient, the energy bills will be minimal, which will help homeowners live more affordably. And, of course, this initiative allows us to do our part in addressing Summit County’s concerns regarding climate change and keeping our mountain air clean.”

Habitat is greatly increasing its home production in the coming years to better meet the affordable housing needs in Summit and Wasatch Counties. The first two single family homes in Silver Creek Village are anticipated to be complete within a year.

Initial donors who have made Habitat’s Silver Creek Village homes possible are Village Development Group, Wells Fargo, American Express, Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Vail EpicPromise, Think Architecture, Summit County, George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Alliance Engineering, Chesley Electric, Just Right Air, and Utah Clean Energy. For more information about supporting these builds, including Team Build Day Sponsorships, contact (435) 658-1400 Ext. 1008.

ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF SUMMIT & WASATCH COUNTIES

Founded in 1995, Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties, Utah (“Habitat”) is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in nearly 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. More information about Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties can be found at www.habitat-utah.org.

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