Habitat For Humanity

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

"Its a crescendo of excitement the day they learn they're going to get a house. The first thing they want to know is where are they going to be and what their house plans look like. When do we get started and when do we actually star building?"

It's a feeling that Marilyn King of the Bowling Green chapter of Habitat for Humanity has seen many times during her work with new homeowners.

In order for an applicant to qualify they must be employed or on disability for the past two years, willing to take classes and work on the construction of the house. Plus, they must show a need for a home.

"Which can be anything from living in substandard housing to having over-crowded conditions in your home to paying way too much rent in ratio to the income for the home."

For Brenda Haskins, its more than just buying a house for her family... its preparing for their future.

"Because a house...if something was ever to happens to me it leaves something for my kids in the future."

Since 1991, Habitat has built 49 houses all over Warren County and plans to build 5 more in 2007.

The selected families will receive their new home at market value and pay a mortgage on the cost of the home.

Its a year-long process that King says brings a certain closure to the proud new homeowners.

" What I see almost every time is this huge sense of relief that we really have attained our goal."

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