‘Habitat’ looks for homeowners

If your family needs a better place to live but doesn’t have the financial resources to make it happen, the Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity affiliate would like to hear from you.

The new affiliate of the international faith-based organization is hoping to hear from families in need of better, affordable housing. A subcommittee will consider applications and family need in selecting a family to take ownership of the affiliate’s first home project. Plans call for construction of that home sometime in 2003.

To qualify for preliminary screening, families resident in the Mid-Columbia area for at least one year must also show an ability to make small monthly payments, a need for better housing, and a willingness to invest ’sweat equity’ with Habitat volunteers to build the home.

Habitat for Humanity has scheduled four meetings in the Hood River and Bingen-White Salmon areas, to offer more information to interested families and take formal applications. Those meetings will be held at:

* St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1501 Belmont Drive, Hood River, OR 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3; 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.

* Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ, 480 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8; 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13.

* Community volunteers work side-by-side with future homeowners to build their homes. Homeowners repay the cost of no-interest, no-profit mortgages. Cash flow from those payments helps finance subsequent construction.

* The Mid-Columbia affiliate earlier this summer began a capital campaign to fund its first house. The “Hundreds for Habitat” campaign is seeking 1,000 annual donations of $100 each, for a total construction funding of $100,000.

* To make tax-deductible contributions to the Habitat affiliate, send checks to:

Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity, c/o Brian Baynes, Treasurer, Box 1201, Carson, WA 98610.

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