Habitat for Humanity Springhill: family wanted

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Family selection underway, public meet January 15

SPRINGHILL ­– Do you dream of owning your own family home but can’t break the cycle of renting? The cost of a down payment is just not possible when living paycheque to paycheque?

Habitat for Humanity Springhill is looking for applicants for the community’s first build and will hold a public information meeting Wed, Jan. 15, for prospective applicants and volunteers towards the 2014 project.

“The meeting is aimed at possible applicants or people who work with potential candidates,” family selection committee chair Marion MacDonald said. “Church groups, guidance counselors, members of the community who would know of possible candidates, employers. It can be anybody.”

Habitat for Humanity is not a handout, MacDonald said. It’s a hand-up, offering a family the opportunity of homeownership for all the right reasons.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for them. They won’t have to pay rent for the rest of their lives; they won’t have to come up with a down payment and it’s an interest-free mortgage.”

Some people who would qualify as applicants, MacDonald said, might not even realize they qualify, making it important everyone consider applying. And anyone with hesitation should know the process is confidential, MacDonald said.

“It’s totally confidential. When they apply they are assigned a number, so no names are involved in the selection process.”

It’s a wonderful opportunity for them. They won’t have to pay rent for the rest of their lives; they won’t have to come up with a down payment and it’s an interest-free mortgage. Marion MacDonald, Habitat For Humanity Springhill

Applications take six to eight weeks to process, and then the selection committee provides its recommendations to Habitat For Humanity Nova Scotia’s office in Halifax for final approval. Once the family is identified, MacLeod said, the real work begins.

“Once we have them we can really get into the fun stuff,” MacDonald said. “They have a say in what the house will look like. Obviously, the number of people in the family will determine the size, but it’s a great location centrally located. It’s a wonderful opportunity.”

Applicants are not just limited to families in Springhill, MacLeod said, meaning anyone looking for safe, affordable housing can apply.

The public information session will take place at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill, at 7 p.m.

Application forms will be available at the session, but anyone interested can apply online at www.habitatns.ca by clicking on application link at the bottom of the page, or by calling 902-464-0274.

Organizations: Habitat for Humanity, Marion Murray Community Centre

Geographic location: Springhill, Halifax

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