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Evergreen Habitat for Humanity gets $2.5M donation to fund homes for 100 families in need

Gift from Ed and Dollie Lynch Fund will be put to work over 4 years

By , Columbian staff writer

On Tuesday, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity announced it has received a $2.5 million donation from the Ed and Dollie Lynch Fund, which will provide the nonprofit funding for housing 100 families in need over the course of the next four years.

During the recent Raising the Roof Benefit Breakfast, the Ed and Dollie Lynch Fund at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington pledged $2.5 million to support the nonprofit’s mission.

This commitment is specifically allocated for completing ongoing construction projects, including Johnson Village, a housing development for nine families, and for facilitating future construction projects in Clark County.

“This gift allows us to remain nimble and innovative as we look to the future of our homeownership program,” said Josh Townsley, Evergreen Habitat CEO. “Our work is not only about serving our current homebuyer families, but also about planning for the future generations of our community.”

Through volunteer work and donations, Evergreen Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple homes that are sold to families at no profit and financed with affordable no-interest loans. The $2.5 million will allow the nonprofit to invest in foundational items, purchase property for more homes and complete infrastructure development on raw land.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with Evergreen Habitat for Humanity embracing the community land trust model and committing to delivering over 100 permanent, organically affordable homes in Southwest Washington,” said Michael Lynch, son of Ed & Dollie Lynch. “We hope they are so successful with this, that in another four years, they will aspire to do even more.”

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable homeownership in Clark County since 1991. To date, it has built 52 homes serving 200 children and adults.

To donate to Evergreen Habitat for Humanity’s mission to support the next 100 families, visit: https://www.ehfh.org/donate/.

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This story was made possible by Community Funded Journalism, a project from The Columbian and the Local Media Foundation. Top donors include the Ed and Dollie Lynch Fund, Patricia, David and Jacob Nierenberg, Connie and Lee Kearney, Steve and Jan Oliva, The Cowlitz Tribal Foundation and the Mason E. Nolan Charitable Fund. The Columbian controls all content. For more information, visit columbian.com/cfj.