Habitat for Humanity volunteers are looking for the perfect family to move into a completed home in western Lincoln County.
The four-bedroom, two-bath house is located on rural Alf Hoover Road and was completed in 2004.
John Pagel, vice president of Habitat in Lincoln County, hopes to get the message out to people who need a home and qualify financially.
The financial qualification is key â€” homeowners usually have to earn between $20,000 and $30,000 and be able to afford a payment of about $375 a month to cover the mortgage, taxes and insurance.
The homes come interest-free.
â€œHabitat is not a charity in the sense that we provide handouts to people,â€ Pagel said. â€œRather we provide a helping hand to those who work but simply donâ€™t have sufficient resources to obtain a conventional house loan.â€
Habitat homeowners must also be willing to put in 400 â€œsweat equityâ€ hours. These hours can be earned by working on other construction projects or helping out at the Habitat store.
The homes are usually built with a family in mind. But the people who planned on moving in backed out, making the home available.
Pagel hopes employers will let their staff members who might qualify know about the opportunity. A booth will also be set up at this yearâ€™s Apple Festival on Sept. 17 to distribute information.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. The organizationâ€™s goal is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
According to its Web site, Habitat has built more than 175,000 houses around the world, providing homes for more than 750,000 people in more than 3,000 communities.
Lincoln County volunteers have built 17 homes and have a goal of constructing two houses per year.
Anyone interested can pick up applications at the Habitat for Humanity store at 809 E. Sycamore St. in Lincolnton.
The Habitat for Humanity store also needs donations of household items. Money made from the sale of the items goes toward funding the construction of the homes. Financial contributions are accepted.
For more information about applying or volunteering, call the store at (704) 736-9490.
by Alice Smith