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Habitat for humanity undergoing transition

Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Richmond Westmoreland County Habitat for Humanity (RWC Habitat) happily announces that it is looking for a partner family for its 16th newly constructed house since the local group formed in 1993. Members are also looking toward the future of the local organization amid operating changes recently put in place.

Houses are mere structures until someone makes a life in them so they become a home. Though apartments, condos and house rentals fit some people’s needs, others, who have steady jobs and dream of a home of their own, live in substandard housing because they can’t quite afford mortgage payments. That’s where HFH is able to provide a helping hand up, which, it points out, is not a hand out.

The organization calls families partners because HFH and the families are in a joint long-term relationship while the family is paying off the interest free loan on their home built largely with donated materials, funds and time. In fact, the partner families themselves agree to provide 200 or more hours of sweat equity to help complete the house. HFH gladly accepts donated land that meets certain criteria for house sites, and sometimes it buys property at real estate auctions. This was the case with the one-acre lot with well and septic for house 16 located at 240 Sonnet Lane near Murphy’s Seed in Mt. Holly that they bought for $12,000.


Read more of this story in the August 2 issue of the Westmoreland News.

For more information on the required qualifications or how to apply for House 16 or to become a RWC Habitat member/volunteer, leave a voice message at 804-493-1500 or email rwchabitat@gmail.com.