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Grand County Habitat begins another home, looking for deserving family

Tonya Bina
tbina@skyhidailynews.com
Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado

On the heels of completing two homes at once in Hot Sulphur Springs, the Grand County chapter of Habitat for Humanity is embarking on its next project.

Habitat has two parcels of land in Hot Sulphur Springs under contract to purchase, according to Executive Director Joan Boyle. One lot is on Grand Street, the other is on Moffat Street.

“We bought two because it seemed like the right time to buy land,” Boyle said, adding that land in Grand County is most affordable in Hot Sulphur.

This time around, the local Habitat chapter does not plan to build two homes simultaneously as it did the past two years.

Through 2009, the goal is to build one house, she said.

For the parcel, “We have land so we’re not delayed starting a house in 2010.”

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Before the first nail hits the first board on the next house, Habitat is looking for a deserving Grand County family to live there.

“We’re hoping to get a family selected fairly quickly,” Boyle said.

Potential Habitat-home recipients should make initial contact with Habitat by Feb. 10 to start the application process.

To qualify for a Habitat house, you must have:

– Lived in Grand County for at least one year.

– An income of no more than $39,000 for a family of three, or $33,950 for a family of

two, according to income guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

– Current housing conditions that are not adequate for your family’s needs.

– The ability to pay a no-interest mortgage equal to about 25 percent of your family’s monthly income.

– The ability and commitment to contribute “sweat equity” toward the construction of the house.

Sweat equity, according to Habitat, means the homeowner contributes time and effort to help Habitat volunteers build the house and to help with various Habitat projects such as fundraising and mailings. Each family member (excluding young children) is required to contribute a minimum of 200 hours in sweat equity.

When the house is completed, the family purchases the house with a no-interest loan from Habitat.

This information is available on a flyer now found at various post offices, libraries and churches throughout Grand County.

For those interested in owning an attainable home in Grand County, the flyer includes a questionnaire that can be submitted to Habitat for Humanity at P.O. Box 969, Granby, CO 80446 by Feb. 10.

A complete application form will be supplied to those who meet the above criteria. From there, a selection committee will choose families. Followed by an interview process, Habitat ultimately selects a family deserving of a tailored home built at a greatly-reduced price with help from the building community and volunteers.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.

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