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Habitat seeking potential homeowners

Informational meetings will explain criteria for program

Published: Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 6:59 a.m. CST

Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity will hold informational meetings for families interested in becoming Habitat homeowners in Morris.

Identical presentations will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in the board room at White Oak School in Morris and at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Coal City.

Each will include an overview of the Habitat program and an explanation of the basic criteria for becoming a Habitat homeowner. 

Applications will be distributed after each one-hour meeting. Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat volunteers will be available to answer questions.

To be considered for the program, families must meet three main criteria. They must demonstrate a need and not already own a home.

Since Habitat homes are sold with a no-interest loan, qualified families must be able to pay a mortgage  and earn 30- to 60-percent of the area’s median income (between $23,900 and $47,820 for a family of four). In addition, families must be willing to contribute at least 400 hours of “sweat equity” towards the construction of their home and Habitat fundraising events.

Credit and background checks are conducted, as well as in-home interviews. Candidates for homeownership should reside in Grundy County, Braidwood or Channahon.

For more information, visit www.grundy3rivershabitat.org or call (815) 942-1452.

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