John Flattery, former chief financial and operating officer of one of the largest apartment development and management companies in the southeastern United States, has been named chair of Habitat for Humanity Blaine County.
Flattery, who moved to the Wood River Valley after retiring in 2001, has served three years as president of the Wood River Land Trust and two years as vice chairman of the Blaine County Housing Authority.
“My interest is to find solutions to the shortage of affordable housing in the Wood River Valley, while protecting the natural habitat and beautiful open space that are so precious to all of us who live here,” he said.
Habitat for Humanity Blaine County is nearing its goal for raising $200,000 to construct its second home in the county. It received a challenge grant last year from an anonymous donor, who will match up to $100,000 in contributions.
Since the challenge grant was announced, Habitat has received $80,000 in donations and pledges.
“We are hoping to reach the $200,000 mark by the end of May so that we can begin construction on our next two homes in the Wood River Valley,” Flattery said.
Plans are to build a duplex because of the high cost of land in the area. Sites are under consideration in Hailey and Bellevue.
“This is an ideal time to make a donation,” Flattery added. “Every dollar donated will become two dollars, thanks to the challenge grant.”
Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976, has built more than 350,000 houses around the world, providing shelter for more than 1.75 million people in 3,000 communities, said a release.
Homes are built partially with volunteer labor, as well as donated materials. Homebuyers are expected to invest hundreds of hours of volunteer labor, or “sweat equity.” They receive a no-interest mortgage and monthly payments are used to build additional local, affordable housing.
The first project for the Blaine County group, formed in 2006, was a Bellevue home that was sold to Blaine County Deputy Sheriff Rene Rodriguez and his family.
Donations may be sent to P. O. Box 10143, Ketchum, ID 83340. For further information or to volunteer, call (208) 726-0160.