Habitat for Humanity accepts applications

Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity is currently accepting applications from low-income applicants wanting to start on the path to ownership of a home to be built in Lyle, Wash.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 28. Families are selected based on their need for housing, their ability to make monthly payments and their willingness to dedicate 500 hours of “sweat equity” working side-by-side with other volunteers on the construction of their house. The partner family works on the construction, supports Habitat in a number of ways, and purchases the completed house from Mid-Columbia Habitat with no down payment via a no-interest mortgage.

All applications for partnership are reviewed by the affiliate’s Family Selection Committee. Those families who meet the basic criteria - partner families’ income is typically between 30 and 60 percent of the median income for Klickitat County — are then interviewed and home visits are conducted. The committee makes a recommendation to the board of directors, which makes the final decision.

Interested families who would like to receive an application can go to the Mid-Columbia website at midcolumbiahabitat.org and read the “Buyer-ready Habitat Family” criteria and download the application and mail to Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 161, Hood River, OR 97031 or contact MCHFH at midcolumbiahfh@gmail

.com.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat works with people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

More information can be found at http://habitat.org.

Tax-deductible donations to help support the local work of the affiliate can be mailed to Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity at the address above or sent via PayPal from the website. The affiliate is run by volunteers. Most of the money donated goes to local building projects.

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