By the end of the year, Habitat for Humanity’s first home could be ready for its new owners.
“Our goal is to begin building the home by October,” said Carol Dwyer, who is part of the North Island chapter of the international home-building charity.
Habitat has a building lot lined up it’s just waiting to confirm some final details and now the charity is looking for a family interested in owning the home.
“We’re really going to look at who can fill this new house,” Dwyer said.
Habitat will be holding an information night March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Enterprise Centre (next to city hall). The information and orientation session will hopefully answer questions prospective home owners might have for Habitat representatives. Contact Greg Phelps at the Re-Store, 830-1493, for more information.
Habitat for Humanity relies on donated land and the proceeds from sales at its used building supplies store, the Re-Store in Campbellton, to build homes in the area. Its goal is to allow families which would otherwise not be able to afford it to own their own homes. Habitat offers interest-free mortgages and works with client families to make home ownership possible.
“It’s going to be affordable that’s the main thing,” Dwyer said. “They will be paying the mortgage to Habitat and they will own the house.”
There are some requirements.
“Our requirement for them is some sweat equity,” Dwyer said.
A two-parent family would need to put in 500 hours of volunteer work and a single-parent family would need to put in 300 hours to qualify.
Volunteers could help in the Re-Store, do office work, help Habitat deconstruct buildings (it sells the materials in the Re-Store) or help build their own home.