Despite a long season of rain the ninth Habitat for Humanity House is right on schedule, in fact, Buena Vista County Habitat for Humanity Board President Dan Robinson says they're ahead of schedule. The committee held a groundbreaking along with the partner family, Claudia Ramirez and her four children, during the first week of May.
"We've had good volunteer support. It's been coming along just fine," Robinson says. "The roof is all the way on, siding, doors - right now the electricians and plumbers are ready to do their work inside." The 1,100 square foot, three bedroom house will soon be the new home of Ramirez and her children.
Robinson says they may actually slow the project down for a while, as they raise more funds to complete the project. "The houses are built mainly from donations," he says. However, Robinson said the slow down shouldn't affect them too much since they are ahead of schedule and are looking at possibly dedicating the house earlier than they had originally expected. Robinson said they plan to hold their third annual fund campaign sometime in September to raise funds.
Robinson says BV Chapter of Habitat would also like to break ground for another house which would be located on the lot adjacent of the ninth home, on Tulip Lane.
"We're hoping to have a family and break ground for house ten yet this fall - our hope and plan is to complete two houses in 2009," he says. When they do, this will be the Buena Vista Chapter's tenth house over a period of ten years. The first house was built in 1999 on Tulip Lane.
Robinson says they have received applications for some potential partner families, however, they are still currently seeking applications. If interested in receiving an application or if you would like to volunteer, call Robinson at 732-0093 or email at email@example.com. Applications can also be picked up at the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Habitat for Humanity builds simple yet decent homes for low-income families with volunteer labor and donations as well as some grants. However, the houses are not just given to the families in need. Part of the partnership agreement says that the adult members must work at least 200 public hours or "sweat equity hours."
Habitat helps build a sense of community and decent housing stock for families that might otherwise never have an opportunity for home ownership. All other labor is volunteer except for a few tasks that require a professional contractor, such as electrical or plumbing.
The family will then assume the mortgage after the completion of the home, however, with the volunteer labor and donations of material, the home will be available to them for a lower cost with a zero percent interest mortgage.
* For more information visit http://www.habitat.org/