“Women Build” provides new affordable living in Appleton

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 There’s a huge need for affordable housing in northeast Wisconsin, but today, several community organizations are working hard to solve the issue by taking matters, and hammers, into their own hands.

It’s day one of construction for a new Habitat for Humanity home on Pierce Avenue in Appleton. 

They say it takes a village to build a home, how about a group of determined women?

One of the goals of “Women Build” is to get tools in the hands of volunteers who may have not done construction or home interior design projects before.  The other goal: To provide affordable living to families in need.

Several local women’s organizations helped raise money for this build, such as the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, and Mid-day Women’s Alliance.

“To have this opportunity to provide not just a temporary home, or a shelter, but a permanent place to live and grow your family, and know you always have a place to call home is important need to every family,” said Becky Boulanger of the Women’s Fund.

EXIT Elite Realty of Appleton raised $37,500, which was matched by their corporate office, bringing the full contribution to $75,000 to pay for this home.  To go the extra step, they put their personal hand in the project by working on the house.

“That’s really what the community is about, love thy neighbor and this is really where you get to see that, this whole block is going to be habitat homes in the near future,” said Lori Muller, CEO of EXIT Elite.

“We’ve always lived at apartments, rented houses, and it’s never that same feeling that you feel when you go home,” said Cobra Vang, who will be living in the home with his family once it’s completed.

The Vang family from Appleton lost their father eight years ago, now today, the kids and their single mom helped build their new home with the women.

“My mom, she’s the best, she’s the greatest mom in the world, and she’s supported us through thick and thin, and will always be there,” said Vang.

So, too, will this house, thanks to the unconditional love of the community.

Habitat for Humanity said they will be building 16 affordable living homes in the Fox Cities.

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