Applications Available for 2024 Home Repair and 2025 New Home Projects

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Kootenai Valley Partners is currently accepting applications for our upcoming projects.

In 2024, we will be doing A Brush with Kindness home repair work. This is a program for south Lincoln County residents who currently own their home, but need critical maintenance or repair. Kootenai Valley Partners and volunteers will coordinate and perform repair work, and then issue the homeowner a no-interest loan for the cost of materials and any contracted labor.

In 2025, we will be building a new home for a partner family. The selected family will coordinate and work with Kootenai Valley Partners to build a new home, to be purchased by the family with a no-interest affordable loan. Home loan amounts are determined by cost of materials and the partner family’s income. This is a great opportunity for a low-income family to gain housing stability through sweat equity with no down payment or upfront cost.

2024 Home Repair Project Applications

To apply for the 2024 Home Repair project, complete the following:

  1. Read the A Brush With Kindness Cover Letter (below) for an over view of the project qualifications. (Ignore the 2021 Deadline as it is no longer applicable. Deadline is April 30th, 2024.)

2. Complete the A Brush With Kindness Home Repair Interest Form. (Again, ignore the 2021 deadline.)

3. Fill out the the A Brush With Kindness Application and return to Kootenai Valley Partners by April 30, 2024. Completed applications can be mailed to: Kootenai Valley Partners, PO Box 19, Libby, MT 59923. The application is the same as the one shown below for 2025 New Home Project Applications.

2025 New Home Project Applications

Our next new home will be built during the summer of 2025, typically to be available for move-in by September 2025. To apply to be our partner family for our 2025 New Home project, please do the following:

  1. Read the KVP application cover letter.
  2. Attend an orientation for interested applicants. Orientations will be held:
    1. TBD at the Libby Church of God
    2. TBD at the United Methodist Church in Troy
  3. Fill out an application and return to Kootenai Valley Partners by May 15, 2024.
    1. Mailing address for completed applications: Kootenai Valley Partners, PO Box 19, Libby, MT 59923

Habitat for Humanity builds houses in South Lincoln County

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Twenty five years ago, a group of community-minded people formed a Habitat for humanity Affiliate for South Lincoln County.  The goal for Habitat for Humanity is to provide a “hand up, not a hand out” for all people who need decent, affordable housing.  Habitat homes are not free houses. Our homeowner partners must be in need of adequate shelter, must be able to afford the low cost mortgage, and have income that falls within the HUD low income guidelines for Lincoln County, and must be willing to partner by helping build their own home with the required “sweat equity” hours, and help with other Habitat for Humanity projects in the community. Partners also need to attend a financial literacy training course to become informed about the financial responsibilities of home ownership.

Over the years Habitat for Humanity and our partners have built 11 homes in our community. Two of these homes are now paid off and mortgage free. We are now building the 12th home which will be completed this summer.  We plan to build the next home in 2023.  In alternate years, we have done minor home repair projects for people who own their own homes.

How can you apply for a Habitat for Humanity home? Although the next build will not be until 2023, we would like to have the family selection process completed by January of 2022. We will begin taking applications on October 1st, and close the application period by November 15th.  Applications will be available online at our website (http//kootenaihabitat.org) or at Libby and Troy libraries and food pantries, and at the State of Montana Public Assistance office.

We also plan to do a “Brush with Kindness” or minor home repair project in 2022, and will be taking applications for that starting this October. To qualify for this project, the applicant must be the homeowner and meet all of the other qualifications for Habitat for Humanity.

How are Habitat for Humanity projects paid for? They are paid for by mortgage loan repayments from homeowner partners, by labor provided by the homeowner partners and volunteers, by financial contributions from businesses and individuals, and by fund raising events such as STOKR (Scenic Tour of the Kootenai River) bike rides.

We are now building a home in Libby. If you are interested in volunteering, and are over 16 years old, please visit our Facebook page (Kootenai Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity 2021 Build). No previous skill or experience are required.  If you are willing to learn, we will teach you!  Our email address is habitat.libby.org@gmail.com, and our mailing address is PO Box 19, Libby, Montana 59923.

Application for 2021 House Now Available

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Kootenai Valley Partners is currently soliciting applications for partner families for our 2021 House Build. The chosen family will partner with us to help build their house, to close in the fall of 2021.

Application Requirements

Kootenai Valley Partners – Habitat for Humanity is proud to be building their next home in the summer of 2021! We are seeking interested families to apply. The family will be selected during the winter of 2019-20. Habitat for Humanity International has three requirements for partner families: 

  1. Must be in need of decent housing 
  2. Must be able to pay the no-interest mortgage 
  3. Must be willing to partner with HFH, which includes “sweat-equity” hours 

Additionally, once selected you must attend an 8 hour training on financial literacy and homebuyer/homeowner education (time contributes toward sweat equity hours) 

Orientation sessions for interested applicants will be held on January 14th and 21st, 7:00 pm at the following locations: 

  • January 14th: Christ Lutheran Church – 200 West Larch Street in Libby
  • January 21st: United Methodist Church – 713 3rd Street in Troy  

Orientation topics include: 

  1. Information about the Habitat for Humanity program 
  2. The selection process 
  3. Requirements and expectations of a partner family 
  4. Opportunity for families to have questions answered 
  5. How to complete the application 

Questions? Please call: 

  • Robert Reeves (406) 291-9178, Stephanie Dill (406) 270-1984 or Lena Whitson (406) 293-7302 in Libby 
  • Elaine Hammer (406) 295-4712 or Chris Reichert (406) 291-8324 in Troy

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