Press Release from our nonprofit partners at Clallam County Habitat for Humanity

March 22, 2022
For Immediate Release
By: Colleen Robinson, CEO
Clallam County Habitat for Humanity
Colleen@habitatclallam.org, 360-460-5560 or 360-775-3742


Mackenzie Scott donates $1 million dollars to Habitat for Humanity Clallam County
Seattle resident, author and philanthropist, Mackenzie Scott has made a $436 million dollar
donation to Habitat for Humanity and designated $1M of that to Habitat for Humanity of Clallam
County. This gift is one of four made to Washington-based Habitat Affiliates totaling $15 million.
A $1 million dollar investment in Clallam County’s affordable housing goals is a win for
everyone. This unprecedented donation to our Rural Habitat Affiliate it is a great foundation to
begin our fundraising efforts for infrastructure and development of our Miller Property 4.5 acres
located within the City of Sequim. While actual development costs are constantly fluctuating,
we estimate $3.2 million before we put a shovel in the ground to build a home. The goal is to
construct 40 affordable/workforce homes. Ms. Scott’s gift is a game changer for our Affiliate and
will empower our volunteer base to work side by side with families earning sweat equity and
preparing to become homeowners.


According to the Federal Reserve, the net worth of a homeowner is over 44 times greater than
that of a renter; the median net worth of a homeowner is over $230K while the median net worth
of a renter is $5,200. Habitat’s mission was founded on homeownership, knowing it is a critical
driver to build generational wealth and a leading indicator of strong health and education
outcomes.


Clallam County CEO Colleen Robinson says, “As a rural Habitat Affiliate to be recognized with
this gift is incredible. The impact of Ms. Scott’s donation to our community will be immediate
and the investment will aid in our ongoing work to provide affordable housing to families across
our rural communities. Our commitment to meaningful solutions to generational housing issues
will be aided immeasurably by this significant gift, and we will use this funding to continue our
mandate to build relationships and community through building and repairing homes for the
people of Clallam County.”


For questions, please contact Colleen Robinson.

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