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Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives! Build a home...one square foot at a time!
Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives!
Build a home...one square foot at a time!
Sponsor a square foot to help build affordable homes for low-income families. Habitat for Humanity of Washington County is looking for individuals, businesses or groups willing to make a commitment to sponsor one or more square feet of a Habitat home at $50 per square foot.
I would imagine that most of you reading this column today are living in safe, decent and affordable housing. Wouldn't it be wonderful if more families had this opportunity?
What are Habitat houses like?
Well, they are simple homes. Habitat homes are modestly sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family's needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
They are decent dwellings. Habitat uses good quality building materials. Trained staff and skilled volunteers supervise the house construction and educate the volunteers and partner families.
Habitat homes are affordable. The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and a no-profit, no-interest loan make it possible for low-income families.
Habitat does not build and give houses away. Habitat offers a hand-up, not a hand-out. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds simple, decent house with the help of homeowner (partner) families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are use to build more Habitat houses.
Families are selected based on their level of need, willingness to partner with Habitat, and the ability to repay a no-profit, zero interest loan. In addition to a down payment, partner families invest up to 500 hours of their own labor--sweat equity--into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County (HFHWC), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, is a Christian-based, ecumenical housing organization that provides homeownership opportunities to low-income families in Washington County. HFHWC works in partnership to eliminate poverty housing and increase affordable housing.
Please consider becoming a Habitat Square Foot Member. Put your dollars to work in the Square Foot Club. Consider buying one or more square feet today! Your generosity will build more than a house. It will build hope and a strong community.
You can help build a Habitat home step by step, nail by nail, for only $50 per square foot. Your tax-deductible "square foot" dollars become a visible and tangible gift for your community. You will be helping Habitat to build homes to change lives!
To make a contribution simply call 301-791-9009, or mail it to Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, 20 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.
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