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McLain talks with locals involved with Habitat for Humanity about their work and struggles

Courtesy PhotoState Rep. Susan McLain (D-Forest Grove) visited West Tuality Habitat for Humanity in Forest Grove last week.

McLain toured the housing sites and Pacific Avenue Habitat for Humanity store during her visit Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Accompanied by ReStore Manager Diane Wiley and West Tuality Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Virginia Ohler, McLain learned about the ReStore's mission to provide funding for West Tuality Habitat home-building operations in the Forest Grove area. McLain also learned the ReStore is responsible for keeping more than 500 tons of recyclable materials out of the land-fill system while providing training opportunities for local high school students, as well as community service opportunities for a variety of people.

Following the tour of the ReStore, McLain also toured the nearly completed Coopers Corner Housing project on 19th Avenue in Forest Grove, a five-house project that currently houses four families.

McLain then toured the newest West Tuality Habitat project, Kidd Court on 22nd Place, and observed a volunteer construction crew as it worked on the siding of the first home.

She discussed the organization's role with the group in providing affordable home ownership in an increasingly difficult Washington County housing market. They also discussed the current cost of available land and the impact current development fees have upon the cost of building an affordable Habitat for Humanity house.

McLain also asked for input from West Tuality Habitat to help her advocate for legislation and state programs that will assist groups such as Habitat for Humanity.

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