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Habitat Maui’s 11th annual Build-a-Thon focusing on Lahaina homes

By Staff | Aug 16, 2018

The Build-a-Thon on Sept. 28-29 in Lahaina is expected to mobilize over 100 volunteers and make significant construction progress on several homes Habitat is building.

LAHAINA – Habitat for Humanity Maui will hold its 11th annual Build-a-Thon fundraiser on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will be working in the Kahoma Residential Subdivision in Lahaina, where Habitat Maui is building ten single-family homes.

Participants are asked to have a personal goal of raising at least $100 in pledges or donations. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available to support the event. All money raised will go toward building these ten homes.

The Build-a-Thon is a public awareness and fundraising event in which Habitat supporters raise money and help build homes for people in low-income households. Lunches, snacks and door prizes will be provided.

While the need for truly affordable housing options is extreme in all parts of Maui, it is especially acute in Lahaina; according to the Realtors Association of Maui’s June 2018 report, the median sales price for a single-family home in Lahaina was $989,000.

In a November 2015 report by the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, data shows that between January 2008 and October 2015, only 27 percent of home buyers in West Maui were local residents – the lowest percentage of local buyers in the state.

Habitat Maui works with volunteers to build homes and renovate substandard housing.

For more information about the 2018 Build-a-Thon, or any of Habitat for Humanity Maui’s programs or events, call 242-1140 or visit “http://www.habitat-maui.org”>www.habitat-maui.org.

Habitat for Humanity Maui was incorporated in 1996 and officially became an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in 1997.

To date, Habitat has built and renovated 117 houses on Maui, providing safe and affordable homes for over 500 people in our local community.

Habitat Maui serves individuals and families earning between 25 and 80 percent of the median income of Maui County.

Its mission is to build decent housing and to renovate substandard housing on Maui in partnership with community volunteers and potential homeowners, so that homelessness and substandard housing on Maui is eliminated.