Habitat seeks to provide homes

It starts with the vision statement for Florence Habitat for Humanity: “Everyone should have a decent place to live.”

“Everything that we do, the income that comes from ReStore and the outreach we do in the community, is to bring permanent, affordable housing here in Florence,” said Habitat Executive Director Janell Morgan. “We have a fantastic board and a fantastic staff. Everyone believes in our vision.”

And the vision of Habitat is growing.

“We are working hard to obtain land to build more houses, and to take a little different tactic than we have in the past to build one or two houses a year,” Morgan said. “We would like to increase the number of houses we would like to provide to people in Florence.”

The plans are ambitious, from creating a cul-de-sac of homes with houses from 900 to 1,400 square feet, to developing grants and working with the city on land purchases and outdated zoning requirements.

Habitat is also looking for available land.

“We are always open to discussing donated land, but we can also purchase land,” Morgan said.

The Habitat district runs well beyond the boundaries of Florence, going up to Douglas County, down past Dunes City and nine miles inland.

“There can be tax advantages to people who sell us land, or if they sell it to us at a reduced cost,” she said. “If they’re looking for tax write offs, they can talk to their accountant.”

All of this is done to help the city see its goal of 500 new homes in the area built in the next few years. And the public can help, by either speaking with Habitat about donating or selling land, making cash donations or giving materials to the Florence area ReStore, or by volunteering their time.

Contact Florence Habitat at 541-902-9227 for more information, visit in-person at 2004 Highway 101 or go to www.florencehabitat.org.

People can also volunteer with Habitat by filling out an online form or stopping by.