The walls are going up on a new community meant just for veterans and their families. It's an opportunity to settle down in a region where it's becoming increasingly difficult to own a home.
“It's real, it's becoming real,” said Rachel Grinage, as she watched her new home being built.
Grinage and her 9-year-old son Ahmad will soon pack up their Seattle apartment and move into a single family house in Pacific, where Habitat for Humanity is building a community for veterans. Grinage served in the Navy.
“Seattle is very expensive. Not a lot of great choices for my price range, and the stuff that is nice is way too expensive,” she said as the first walls of her house were lifted into place by a team of volunteers.
Veterans often can't move as quickly as more aggressive buyers in the region's scorching real-estate market.
“It's like you can't really compete because everybody is competing. There's one house that I put a bid in for, and when we got there, there was a stack of at least 50 other cards for realtors,” Grinage said.
Veterans who are chosen to live in the new development will be able to buy one of the homes at a price that fits into their budget. They are also required to spend at least 250 hours working alongside volunteers, who hope to finish the Grinage house by the end of October.
Habitat for Humanity of Seattle—King Co. plans to construct nine single family homes for veterans over the next few years.