MultiCare Health System recently donated four unused Tacoma properties to Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, part of a project that will renovate the homes so they can be resold as private residences.

Proceeds will be used to fund the construction of a new Habitat neighborhood across the city. The donation of the four Wedge Neighborhood homes was reported today on MultiCare’s blog.

“Habitat is an outstanding organization dedicated to making sure families have affordable and safe housing. Partnering with them on this project supports MultiCare’s mission of creating a healthy future for our community,” says Bill Robertson, President and CEO of MultiCare Health System. “This donation will help launch a community and have a lasting, positive impact on the lives of the families who will live there.”

The nonprofit health system purchased the four homes — some of which are now more than 100 years old — as part of expansion plans for its Tacoma campus that never came to fruition. Habitat for Humanity will renovate the houses this year to prepare them for sale, as they would not be suitable for transition to Habitat residences. Proceeds will support construction of a new 11-home Habitat for Humanity development in Tacoma that is scheduled to begin in 2019.

“Habitat is honored and grateful to accept the gift of these four houses from MultiCare,” says Maureen Fife, CEO of Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity. “Through volunteer labor and creative community collaborations, we will rehab and sell these houses. Net proceeds will support the construction of 11 new affordable homes for our homeownership program. This is truly a gift that will launch a neighborhood. On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, I want to express my appreciation for our strong partnership with MultiCare. Together we are working toward our vision where everyone in our community has a safe and affordable place to live.”