Lawrence Habitat's construction manager takes on Dirty Kanza to raise money for affordable housing

Lindsey Slater

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/apr/17/253262/ Everywhere I go, people seem to know Jonathan Groene. He's been Lawrence Habitat's construction manager [since Mark Brooks retired at the end of 2012][1]. Jonathan also runs his own business on the side and is an avid cyclist. Like, avid enough to ride his bike EVERY DAY to the ...

Help Women Build while you shop for your sweetie

Lindsey Slater

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/feb/12/249305/ RED ALERT! Valentine's Day is Thursday, everyone! Did you forget? Are you a procrastinator? Not to fear -- [Women Build][1] is here! According to the National Retail Federation's annual Valentine's Day spending survey, Americans celebrating the day of love are planning to spend over $18 billion dollars this year. ...

Save the date for Lawrence Habitat's Music Fest

Lindsey Slater

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/feb/01/248570/ Save the date for Music Fest! Hear local church choirs sing for Lawrence Habitat on February 10 from 6-8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St. Music Fest gives local churches a chance to come together and share the gift of song, all while promoting Lawrence Habitat ...

Longtime Lawrence Habitat construction manager retiring

Lindsey Slater

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/dec/27/246758/ For those of you who haven’t heard, Mark Brooks, our longtime construction manager, is officially retired. Mark has put a lot of sweat into building Lawrence Habitat homes and leading groups of volunteers for more than a decade. Mark was won numerous awards for his great dedication to Habitat’s ...

Get in on #GivingTuesday

Lindsey Slater

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/nov/27/245453/ Thanksgiving is over. I'm still not hungry. The madness that is Black Friday has died down. And all the clicks that come with Cyber Monday have been silenced. But don't worry -- it's not over yet! Today is #GivingTuesday! What is Giving Tuesday? Here's what GivingTuesday.org says: "We have ...

Lawrence Habitat set to start 81st home Saturday

Lindsey Slater

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/nov/13/244726/ *Nail Drive Ceremony: Saturday, November 17 at 9 a.m. 208 N. Comfort Lane* Lawrence Habitat is getting ready to start its 81st home and the newest soon-to-be homeowner has been waiting five years for the day to arrive. Xueying Wang left Beijing, China, for Lawrence, Kansas, in 2003. The ...

Presidential election spending could build 20,000 Habitat homes

Lindsey Slater

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/nov/06/244303/ It's Election Day! Woo! I love Election Day. As a former [reporter/producer][1], covering elections rivals only [covering NCAA National Championships][2] when it comes to excitement, adrenaline, and ultimately, exhaustion. This election has been an interesting one. I'm a bit of a political junkie, so I definitely pay attention to ...

Body Boutique WOW 5k run to benefit Lawrence Habitat's Women Build

Lindsey Slater

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/oct/17/243066/ [The Body Boutique WOW 5k run is back!][1] What's great is that while the course is [now certified by the USA Track and Field Association][2], the organizers of the race continue to support [Lawrence Habitat's Women Build program][3]! We're very lucky to have them support a program that empowers ...

Trei Dudley, National Youth of the Year, talks growing up in Lawrence Habitat home

Lindsey Slater

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/21/241530/ By now, most of us in Lawrence know the name Trei Dudley. She was just named the National Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Club of America. If you missed her amazing story, read up on Trei [here][1]. Turns out, Trei's family lives in a Lawrence ...

Break-in at Lawrence Habitat home right before dedication

Lindsey Slater

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/31/240385/ Yesterday, I took a tiny field trip to our current build site at 1933 Maple Lane. The reason I rushed out there (in heels, no less) was because our construction manager, Mark, had just called our executive director, Tracie, to let her know there had been a break in. ...

Group bikes from coast to coast to promote affordable housing

Lindsey Slater

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/11/237562/ Can you imagine paying thousands of dollars to bike from coast to coast and build houses along the way? That's exactly what about 30 young cyclists are doing this summer and they've pedaled their way into Lawrence. [The team has already traveled over 1, 770 miles on their trek ...

Affordable housing impacts health

Lindsey Slater

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/02/237172/ In the past few weeks, I've written about the impact that affordable housing has on both [economic development][1] and [education][2]. The third and final piece of the [Center for Housing Policy's research][3] on affordable housing is its impact on health. The connection between affordable housing and health isn't new. ...

Affordable housing impacts education

Lindsey Slater

http://wellcommons.com/users/LindseySlater/photos/2012/jun/19/236437/ Last week, I broke down a study from the [Center for Housing Policy][1] on the impact that affordable housing has on the economy. Today, I’ll take a look at another study by the CHP – this one looks at the impacts of affordable housing on education. Education is obviously ...

Affordable housing impacts economy

Lindsey Slater

http://wellcommons.com/users/LindseySlater/photos/2012/jun/14/236214/ [Earlier this week, I laid out the lack of affordable housing in Lawrence][1]. It really is a problem just about everywhere around the world. [Habitat for Humanity International has an entire page on their web site][2] dedicated to why Habitat is needed. In 2008, 18.6 million households were spending ...

Need for affordable housing exists in Douglas County

Lindsey Slater

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0iG1vz7hho&feature=plcp When you look around Lawrence, especially near downtown or the campus of Kansas University, it appears that housing isn’t much of a problem. It seems like there are more apartments than KU students and not very many empty lots exist near the population center of Douglas County. But a ...

Lawrence Habitat for Humanity ready to build community

Lindsey Slater

Lawrence Habitat for Humanity is in the house! (Get it?) We'll be using this blog to keep everyone on top of what Lawrence Habitat is building and hopefully convince a few people to swing a hammer this summer on our latest build site! Currently, LHfH is building its 80th house! ...

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