Habitat mortgage goes up In smoke

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The Johnson family has never been happier to see something go up in smoke.On Friday, the Michael and Cindy Johnson family gathered with officials and well-wishers at the Evergreen Habitat for Humanity office in west Vancouver for a bright, hot ritual: the burning of their officially retired mortgage papers. Theirs was the first Habitat home in Clark County — they moved in in September 1993 — and now, 20 years later, the mortgage is toast.

It's the first paid-off Habitat mortgage in the county. It was a highly affordable, no-interest mortgage, based on the family's need and the hundreds of "sweat equity" hours they contributed to Habitat.

Since finishing the Johnson home, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity has built 25 more local houses and repaired more than 10 whose owners needed help in order to stay at home.

Learn more at http://www.ehfh.org.