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Application Process Begins for Prospective Homeowners

June 21st marks the start of the application process for families or individuals that want to be considered for buying an affordable home through Columbia County Habitat for Humanity. The required orientation/application meeting will be held June 21st at 7:00 PM at Community Action Team located at 125 N. 17th Street, St. Helens. The orientation meeting will outline the family selection criteria and process. Applications will only be distributed at this meeting. Those interested in applying for a home are urged to attend.

The opportunity to apply for homeownership is open to anyone in Columbia County, however the homes currently being built are located in St. Helens.  Columbia County Habitat for Humanity offers 0% loans and affordable monthly payments, which make homeownership attainable for low-income families. The selected partner family will be required to volunteer 300 to 500 hours during the construction of their home. CCHFH is seeking applicants that earn 25 to 50 percent of the median income for the county; have a reliable source of income; and are willing to take on the responsibility of homeownership.

For more information please call the CCHFH Family Selection Committee at (503) 366-6542.

CAT Hires Veterans Service Officer

Community Action Team (CAT) has hired Russ Clark to serve as full time Veteran’s Service Officer.  Clark will work from an office at the Community Action Center (125 N. 17th Street St. Helens).  Office hours will be Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Clark served as Veterans Service Officer at the state level with the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009 and 2010.  In late 2010 he moved to a position as a Ratings Veterans Service Officer with the Veterans Benefits Administration, Portland VA Regional Office.  He served with the Portland VA Regional Office until accepting the position as the Veterans Service Officer in Columbia County on May 1, 2013.

Clark is a retired U.S. Army Major who served twenty-one years on active duty.  He received his commission at Fort Benning, GA in 1985 and retired in California in June 2006.  After retiring from the Army, he and his wife moved to St. Helens. Read More