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Family of 5 chosen to receive Habitat for Humanity home


Last updated 9/2/2016 at Noon

Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County has selected Stephen Ray Flores Otoya, his wife Sandra Flores and their three children to become the new Habitat homeowners of the current home build project, Phoenix II, in Everett.

The project is slated to finish Dec. 15, and Habitat will dedicate the home to the Flores family close to the completion date.

The Flores family currently lives in a two-bedroom apartment where 3-year-old daughter Sasha and 5-year-old son Ray share a bedroom. The Flores’ 2-month-old baby, Matias sleeps in his parents’ room. Their apartment has mildew, sloped floors and water damage.

The balcony is unsafe for the children, so they don’t play outside often. Before finding out they are going to be the new homeowners, the Flores family drove by Phoenix II and saw that there is a park within walking distance.

“This is something they’ve been praying for, and they knew they had no options for getting a place on their own,” Family Selection Committee Member Pat Sanvik said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for them.”

Mrs. Flores said she was “speechless” when she received the call informing her of the decision.

Before the home dedication, the Flores family is required to complete 500 hours of sweat-equity work. This includes helping with the construction of their home, volunteering in the Habitat store or office and attending home maintenance and financial workshops.

To be eligible for a Habitat home, a family must have an adequate need for shelter, an inability to obtain a conventional mortgage or loan, and be spending more than 30 percent of their gross income on housing.

The Phoenix II build days are every Wednesday and Saturday through Dec. 15. Habitat is still in need of volunteers for the construction site.

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