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Open House, wall-raising planned for World Habitat Day
Polk County Enterprise
L I V I N G S T O N — I n recognition of World Habitat Day 2010, Habitat for Humanity of Polk County will address the lack of decent housing around the world, including the need for affordable housing in Polk County. Focusing on this year’s themes — housing and health and neighborhood revitalization — Habitat for Humanity of Polk County will hold an open house at its newest house, at 1119 Bluebird Street, Livingston, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4. “We are inviting everyone who would like to see the inside of a Habitat home before it is occupied to stop by for refreshments and a tour of the home,” Affiliate President Ray Gearing said. “We are proud of what our many volunteers have accomplished in building this house under particularly trying weather conditions this summer,” Gearing said. “Come and see for yourself.” In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that people in the United States spend 50 percent or more of every day inside their homes. In the words of the U.S. surgeon general, “A comprehensive, coordinated approach to healthy homes will result in the greatest public health impact.” Habitat for Humanity of Polk County, affiliated in 2003, has completed nine homes to date (the Henderson home with be the 10th). The affiliate is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff. Successful applicants for a Habitat home must have a need for shelter, be low-income but able to pay a no-interest mortgage, and be willing to partner with Habitat by working on their own home and those of other successful applicants. An orientation meeting is held on the last Wednesday of each month, at 1 p.m., at First National Bank Westside. For further information, leave a message at 936-328-8529 or visit www. hfhpolkcountytexas.com. Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its efforts all people dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired, or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent, and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people.