Posted: Tuesday, August 13th 2013 at 2:30pm
Jackson County Habitat looking for family 12
By Derreck Booth Editor
JEFFERSON - As work continues on its eleventh house, the Jackson County Habitat for Humanity organization is looking for another family as it plans house 12.
Executive Director Paul Brown said the block foundation just went up on house 11 and the approved family and volunteers are continuing work.
Brown said it's a good feeling as the Christian based non-profit pushed toward number 12, but he said there's more to do.
"I don't think we're building fast enough to meet the need that is out there, but we are making progress, and we are expanding our services out to areas other than just single-family homes built from the ground up so that we can address the needs of more than one or two families a year," Brown said.
He said organizers haven't tied down a location yet, but believe the next home will be in Commerce.
Habitat is planning a series of three meetings this month for people interested in home ownership. In addition to attending one of the three meetings, Brown said there are several other basic requirements for habitat families.
To start, they must have a housing need, but it's not a free ride, according to Brown.
"This is a hand up not a hand out program."
They must have the ability to make a $350 to $450 monthly mortgage payment, which includes taxes and insurance.
"We use 25 to 60 percent of the median income for Jackson County as our target group," Brown said.
"If they make less than that they wouldn't be able to make their payments on the house and it would put them into a bad situation. If they make more than the 60 percent, they could probably qualify for another program or a mortgage," Brown added.
They also must be willing to partner in construction of their own home and help Habitat on a house for another family.
"We require the family to do 500 hours of sweat equity. These are volunteer hours," Brown said.
For the Jackson County program, the family must live or work in the county.
The houses are built with donations and volunteer labor. The monthly payment on the homes goes back into the pot for future projects. The organization also uses its ReStores to support the efforts.
Restores accept donated building materials and home items. Those items are then sold in the store.
Brown said the Jackson County ReStore is planning a move soon. It's re-locating this month to 661 Elm Street in Commerce. The current location is 208 Homer Road.
"We're going to be moving about a mile and a half down the road next to the health department and the Lanier Technical College Campus," Brown said.
People interested in becoming a Habitat family for house 12 must attend one of the following three meetings. Organizers will have applications, instructions and an overview of Habitat for Humanity.
Saturday, August 24
Commerce Community Church
310 B. Wilson Rd., Commerce
Thursday, August 29
Living Word Church
267 Mahaffey St., Jefferson
Saturday, August 31
Habitat ReStore (new location)
661 S. Elm St., Commerce
For more information, visit the following links or call 706/336-0061.
Link: Jackson County Habitat for Humanity
Link: Jackson County Habitat for Humanity Facebook
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