Habitat for Humanity

News Story by Amber Blumgren

Friday, February 1st the staff of Habitat for Humanity- Valley of the Sun hosted Dr. Koptiuch's ASU West class for a day at their nearly complete South Ranch, located in south Phoenix. It is Habitatís first planned community, documented "the most aggressive Habitat project ever conceived" (habitat.org). Staff proudly introduced students to the neighborhood that has impressed even the skeptics.

As part of the experience, students participated in construction activities and throughout the day toured the community; designed with a community park, community center (educational and recreational activities), and 195 homes for working families. Staff educated students on the specifics about Habitat, Valley of the Sun and explained how the development of South Ranch impacted surrounding area. Christine, Director of Partnership Development disclosed South Ranch as being "unlike any other Habitat project", she continues, "and though the opposition predicted a reduction in area property values, actually South Ranch has helped to increase them. Homeowners in this community take great pride in their neighborhood as a direct result of their personal investment into the construction."

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Habitat, Valley of the Sun is currently in the final stages of preparation for their next planned community, Villas Esperenza; modeled after the successful South Ranch community. The Habitat staff was pleased to share their accomplishments and encourage everyone to find out more about their organization and how they might get involved.

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