Thanks to Habitat For Humanity there is about to be a construction blitz on Fir Street in LaFollette. The non profit organization is looking to start construction on a trio of houses at once. These are all slated to be three bedroom homes.
This can not be done without help from the community. According to Zach Sheets the need for volunteers is great in this project. The organization is looking for more professional contractors willing to donate their time or at least do the work for a reduced rate to get the homes to the point that community volunteers with less construction experience can come in to contribute. When this happens it lowers the mortgage cost to the families receiving the homes.
Sheets went on to explain the benefits of getting these homes and families in place. First and foremost it gets families into a home. It also improves the value of the property being developed and the properties surrounding them. Finally it aids the city and county by adding properties to the tax rolls.
Habitat is also seeking applicants for these homes.
According to www.habitat.ord, the organization’s website, “Habitat homeowners must be active participants in building a better home and future for themselves and their families. Every Habitat home is an investment. For us, it is one answer to a critical need, and we believe that stronger homes will create stronger communities. Prospective Habitat homeowners must demonstrate a need for safe, affordable housing. Need will vary from community to community. Once selected, Habitat homeowners must partner with us throughout the process. This partnership includes performing “sweat equity,” or helping to build their own home or the homes of others in our homeownership program. Sweat equity can also include taking homeownership classes or performing volunteer work in a Habitat ReStore. Homeowners must also be able and willing to pay an affordable mortgage. Mortgage payments are cycled back into the community to help build additional Habitat houses.
Habitat’s homeowner selection is managed at the local level, through our hundreds of local Habitat for Humanity locations all over the U.S. and around the world. For more information and to learn more about the process or how you can apply, please contact your local Habitat, or call 1-800-HABITAT (1-800-422-4828).