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Sisters Habitat lobbies for housing at capital

Representatives from Sisters Habitat for Humanity advocated with their state representatives for resources to be allocated for affordable housing in Salem on February 5.

Executive Director Sharlene Weed and Board Treasurer Roger Fairfield attended the advocacy day and were able to meet with three state representatives including Senator Tim Knopp, Representative Jack Zika and Senator Lynn Findley. Findley represents District 30, which includes Sisters Country. Senator Findley was appointed to his position last month when Senator Berntz resigned before his term was up to run for Congress.

“It is always exciting to visit the Capital and participate in the legislative process,” Fairfield said. “We felt encouraged by the support of our legislators for bills that will increase funding for home repairs and help homebuyers save through Individual Development Accounts.”

The advocacy day was coordinated through Habitat for Humanity of Oregon, a state support organization, which provides fundraising, training, technical assistance, and advocacy to 26 Oregon Habitat for Humanity affiliates.

Sisters Habitat for Humanity builds houses with families in need of decent and affordable housing. Since 1991, 68 families have purchased their homes with affordable financing through the local organization.


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