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Fountain family gets new home as Habitat for Humanity construction picks up

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (KRDO)-- On Wednesday morning, Habitat for Humanity dedicated a home in a Fountain neighborhood to a family of four.

It's part of a three-home community called Micah's View. The neighborhood is named in memory of Micah Tice, an Air Force Academy Prep School cadet candidate who supported the efforts of Habitat for Humanity. He died unexpectedly in 2018 while on a hike on Longs Peak.

"It’s huge. It’s a gift to all of us when we do a dedication," said Kris Lewis Medina, the executive director for Habitat for Humanity.

Lewis Medina says they've hit a lot of roadblocks over the past two years.

"The disappointment that they were first told they were going to get a house and then it being put on hold because of the pandemic we just didn’t know if we were going to be able to have volunteers on site," said Lewis Medina.

The cost to build a home has gone up by 50%. Usually, they're able to build anywhere from 6 to 11 houses a year, now they're down to five.

"Costs have gone up, lumber went up 600%. Yes, it’s gone down, but construction materials continue to be very hard to get, very expensive. So for a non-profit managing all of those costs, even with the restore to help supplement, it was still a stretch," said Lewis Medina.

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Jessica Gruenling

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