The search for the owners of the next Habitat for Humanity of Clay County home has started.
Tuesday's meeting at the First United Methodist Church in Brazil started the process of seeking eligible families in Clay County.
Each home built is 1,200 square feet and customized to meet the family's needs. For instance it could be wheelchair-accessible and have two, three or four bedrooms.
There are a few eligibility requirements to purchase a Habitat home.
First and foremost, you must help build your own home and others. Some other requirements are: you have to be living in inadequate housing; you must be able to pay for the home over 20 years, including five $100 increments before you move in; your gross income (depending on family size) must fall within the parameters; and you must be unable to obtain financing for the purchase of a home.
A selection process, based on need, is required to narrow down applicants. The committees interview and visit families' current residences to determine their needs for a Habitat home.
A Habitat for Humanity home is not a gift to the family. The family still must make monthly payments. The family has a loan with the organization, but it is for 20 years and interest free, making the monthly payment comparable to renting.
The Habitat's committee is comprised of Jerry Morgan, president; Mike Crum, vice-president; Janice Redenbarger, secretary; and Keith Bowers, treasurer.
The organization also has a Family Selection Committee comprised of Rogene Morge, Sue Bass and Redenbarger.
Since Clay County's Habitat for Humanity held its first meeting in 1994, the organization has built four homes. The first home, completed in 1997, is on Vandalia Street. There is a Habitat home near Cory, one on Georgia Street and another on Leavitt Street.
The organization's committee hopes to have the fifth completed by fall of 2007.
Eligibility information and applications can be obtained by contacting Janice Redenbarger at 448-1971. Mail applications to P.O. Box 81, Brazil, IN 47834. Applications must be received by July 15, 2006.
If you would like to donate to Habitat for Humanity of Clay County, mail donations to the above address.
Volunteers to help build and work on homes are also needed, contact any committee member to become involved.