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Habitat houses near completion
Polk County Enterprise - March 2008
LIVINGSTON — Habitat for Humanity board members report they are on schedule to hold real estate closings for two of the three houses at Cochran’s Crossing on March 28. The three families that will be moving into the houses are already forming close bonds, Habitat for Humanity Secretary Susie Gearing said. “They’re already planning a community garden for these the families and the fourth couple whose house has not been started,” Gearing said. One of the major goals of the Habitat organization is to lift families out of poverty by empowering them through the pride of home ownership.
Habitat houses are not a gift. Homeowners have a monthly mortgage payment and must invest “sweat equity” by working on their own house and other Habitat projects. A house dedication ceremony is being planned for Sunday, March 30. Construction plans for the fourth house include an Escapees blitz build from April 28 to May 16, according to Gearing. A one-day woman build sometime during the week of May 4 through 10. Habitat board members are also hard at work on plans for a house in the Onalaska and Corrigan communities.
One of the ways Habitat for Humanity of Polk County raises funds is through collection of recycled cell phones and inkjet cartridges used in computer printers. Everyone can help. Collection boxes are available throughout the area at convenient locations and any business can volunteer their place for a collection box. Contact Ray Gearing at 327- 2752 for more information.