CCLTRG has raised enough money to build housing for 11 of the 40 families and individuals that have been identified as unable to get back into a safe, stable housing situation on their own.
Materials for the houses are bought by CCLTRG. The recovery group also pays for some services, such as licensed electricians and plumbers and site preparation, and buys supplies at local lumberyards, said Anders. Many businesses and contractors have agreed to provide a discount, she said.
While CCLTRG budgeted $90,000 for each house, as it negotiates discounts for materials, it appears that the final cost could even be $20,000 or $30,000 less, said Anders.
CCLTRG has already raised $1.3 million, and a campaign tied to the first anniversary of the fire is intended to help raise the remaining funds for phase 1 of the rebuilding. An anonymous donor has pledged to match up to $250,000 in contributions. As of Tuesday (July 14), the campaign had raised $152,059, meaning twice that much will go to the rebuilding campaign.
The group is trying to raise an additional $4.3 million to cover the remaining homes to be built over the next several years.
To donate, contact the Community Foundation of North Central Washington at www.cfncw.org/fire. They have two funds. The North Central Washington Fire Relief fund supports survivors of the Carlton Complex Fire through the unmet needs roundtable. The CCLTRG fund goes toward rebuilding houses. The Community Foundation has waived its administrative fee for contributions to both funds.
You can also follow a link at www.carltoncomplexrecovery.com. Contributions are always welcome, but the $250,000 matching-fund campaign expires at midnight Saturday (July 18).