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Not that easy getting a home through Habitat for Humanity

Not that easy getting a home through Habitat for Humanity
UNIONTOWN, WA - The Palouse Habitat for Humanity organization dedicated its twelfth house over the weekend, and now a family of five has a new house in Uniontown.

"And you all have come for my very favorite experience in working with Habitat," said Palouse Habitat for Humanity President Doug Arlt .

"It's amazing," said homeowner Kenney Purnell. "I don't think it's really hit us yet."

Palouse Habitat for Humanity helps out families living in substandard housing move into an affordable home.

"You know it's a great feeling to watch a plot of land, and a stack of lumber turn into a home," said Palouse Habitat for Humanity Board member Brent Bradberry.

The Purnells are the twelfth family they've housed on the Palouse, but it wasn't as easy as packing up and moving in.

"We applied for it, what, three different times?" said Ken.

"Two different times," said homeowner Cori Purnell.

"Two different times, and we finally got accepted," said Ken.

"You know, one of the things we get asked on a regular basis, 'You give people houses, is that right?' said Arlt. "Well, if you think we give them a house, ask Ken and Cory."

"I still got splinters," said Ken.

"Not only will they have a mortgage, like the rest of us, Ken and Cori have put in over 500 hours of sweat equity on this house," said Arlt.

"500 sweat equity hours, I mean, I know where every stud is in the house," said Ken. "The worst was the roof. I don't like heights."

"It was enlightening that's for sure, and one thing that's nice about it too is that if anything breaks, he knows how to fix it," said Cori.

This build was especially memorable for the organization's construction team because it was the last project that Construction Supervisor Ken Hall worked on before he passed away from cancer.

"This will be Ken's last house and it will always be a special place to me," said Palouse Habitat for Humanity Board Member Dave Ostrom.

That's the second house that Palouse Habitat for Humanity has built in Uniontown. They team up with students and faculty from Washington State University in an effort to build houses that are more energy efficient.
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