DeKalb County Habitat For Humanity Seeks Second Partner Family

September 20, 2006
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's affiliate chapter of Habitat for Humanity will soon begin taking applications for its second partner family. The application process will begin in coming weeks once its first partner family - the Perry family - is placed in their new home on Adams Street in Smithville. Dedication of the house is expected sometime in early October.

For the second home here, to be built the next year, Habitat seeks applications from qualifying families or individuals. To qualify, applicants must: (1) have lived in DeKalb County for at least one year; (2) be willing to partner with Habitat to realize dreams of home ownership; (3) currently occupy inadequate or substandard housing; (4) demonstrate the ability to pay a mortgage; and (5) fall within Habitat?s income guidelines. Examples of qualifying income levels range from $9,150 to $15,250 for an individual
and between $13,050 and $21,750 for a family of four.

All applications will be reviewed and considered by Habitat's Family Selection Committee before a partner family is selected. The partner family will work with Habitat on construction of their home and to develop the skills necessary for successful home ownership. Construction labor is provided by Habitat volunteers, and some materials are donated by Habitat supporters, as well.

Once the home is completed, the partner family will be given a 20-year no interest mortgage for the purchase price, based solely on the cost of materials and related services. Under these terms, qualifying families can expect to pay from between $200 and $300 per month to be in their own home.

An application /information meeting will be held sometime in October, following the dedication of the Perry family's Adams Street House. In the meantime, anyone interested in learning more or applying to become a partner family should call 215-8181 and leave a message with your contact information.

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