published by [email protected]… Sat 05/14/2022 – 05:51
Habitat for Humanity Ottawa County held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 10 for its newly constructed home at 562 Ames Street in Elmore.
Habitat’s Family Selection Committee is currently completing the interview process for the partner family who will ultimately purchase this home. Among the requirements, potential owners must demonstrate that they need the home, have the ability to pay, and are willing to partner.
The need can range from security issues, inadequate size, to increased rental costs. The partner family will ultimately purchase the home at 0% interest over the next 20-30 years, plus pay taxes and insurance. There are minimum and maximum income guidelines to qualify, and partner families must also put in 500 hours of capital labor in building their new home. These hours can also be earned with the help of family and friends.
Construction of the new home will begin in June and Habitat is currently looking for volunteers and donations.
“The cost of building a new home has increased by nearly 50% over the past few years,” said Debi Heiks, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Ottawa County. “Donations have decreased due to the rising cost of materials. We could really use all the help we can get to keep this house affordable.
Pastor Becky Bolander, President of Habitat for Humanity Ottawa County, spoke about Habitat’s mission and what the community could see in the future. “We are considering opening a Habitat Restore in Ottawa County,” she said. “Revenue from the store will help pay for new Habitat homes in the future.”
Habitat ReStores are non-profit home improvement stores and donation centers. The items they sell are publicly available and similar to what shoppers might see at other home goods stores, like a brand new box of tiles or a vintage treasure. The purpose of Habitat ReStores is to contribute to the work of Habitat for Humanity.
“When you support your local ReStore by shopping, donating or volunteering, you are not only supporting your local community, you are also helping the mission of providing decent shelter for everyone around the world,” Heiks said.
To inquire about volunteering or donating, contact Habitat for Humanity Ottawa County at 419-734-7074 or [email protected]
Pastor Becky Bolander, president of Habitat for Humanity Ottawa County, offered a prayer during the dedication of a new Habitat home to be built at 562 Ames Street in Elmore. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)