Habitat for Humanity holding meeting to find interested family

Habitat for Humanity is looking for a partner family to move into a new house.

Students in the Construction Class at the Warren County Career Center built the house during this school year, and it will be moved to a site on Buchanan Street after the foundation is installed.

The house has approximately 1,800 square feet of living space, with an open style living, dining and kitchen area. To some extent, it is handicap accessible, with wider doors and hand rails in the bathroom.

A meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Salvation Army for persons interested in the house, to explain criteria and requirements. Application appointments will be scheduled for those wishing to apply. Priority is given to families living in substandard housing.

Once a partner family has been selected and the house is ready, they move in and begin paying a low, no interest mortgage.

The family will be responsible to help with interior finishing, painting and landscaping, and must participate in significant ways with the Habitat for Humanity organization. In Warren County, families must work a minimum of 400 “Sweat Equity” hours.

Habitat uses the term “sweat equity” to refer to the hours of labor homeowners dedicate to building their homes and the homes of their neighbors, as well as the time they spend investing in their own self-improvement.

Rene Johnson, president of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Warren County, spoke of the challenges in building the next new home saying, “We are looking for funding, for land, a partner family, somebody to be construction coordinator and someone for volunteer coordinator. We have been fortunate because in this community someone always steps forward.”

She added the next project could either be on a lot the organization owns on Dartmouth Street in Warren, or at a location outside the city on donated land.

Johnson said, “We are requesting people support us Wednesday during the Warren Gives program,” where online donations will be matched on a percentage basis by the Community Foundation of Warren County, the DeFrees Family Memorial Fund and the Sara Sokolski Memorial Fund.