Habitat benefits local families

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 14, 2014

“Humanity” can be defined as benevolence for the human race, and group that bears its name – Habitat for Humanity – is a shining example of what can be accomplished when people work for the betterment of their fellow man.

HFH is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization dedicated to building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need.

In the coming days, there will be five opportunities for families in need of safe, affordable housing to apply to become a Habitat for Humanity partner family.

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These are not free houses, mind you.

One must meet certain guidelines – including income requirements; one’s actual housing need based on the suitability of one’s current home; the willingness to partner with Habitat and one’s ability to repay the mortgage loan.

Families must work at least 400 “sweat equity hours” at a Habitat site, and “most importantly, the desire to own their own home and be willing to make sacrifices to make it happen,” said local chapter director Alecia Glaize previously.

It’s the American dream to own one’s home, and this worthy organization works to make it possible for thousands of people every year.

We hope that area residents in need of a home take advantage of what this organization has to offer.