GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — Habitat for Humanity will build seven new homes in East Gadsden and is looking for families dreaming of owning their own home.
Gadsden-Etowah Habitat is accepting applications until Oct. 1, 2018 for those who are interested.
“We are looking for mature and responsible families who are willing to work hard and partner with Habitat,” Becky Henson, Family Selection Chairwoman said. “We are offering a hand-up, but not a hand-out.”
The size of the house is based on the family’s size and needs, according to the release. Each family selects their sidings and shutter colors, wall color, kitchen cabinets, counter-top and flooring, according to Habitat. Also, the new house provides simple, decent affordable housing and is sold to the family at 0 percent zero-interest with 20-year mortgage. Habitat says the average monthly payment is $325 to $350 per month.
Applicants must meet the initial criteria:
- Currently living in poverty or substandard conditions ( For example: inadequate heating or plumbing, leaky roofs that are beyond economical repair, or overcrowding)
- Must have a stead income that is 30 percent to 75 percent of area median income ($16,230-$40,575)
- Must be willing to partner with Habitat by completing 300 hours of sweaty equity, make a $600 down payment, attend Partnership & Family focus by classes.
- Must be a resident of Etowah County for at least one year.
As stated in the release, interested families can find application online at www.gadsdenhabitat.com or send an email: email@example.com or by mail by calling Habitat at (256) 543-1898. You may visit the Habitat for Humanity office at 3644 Rainbow Drive, Rainbow City to pick up forms in the information box. Habitat for Humanity does not consider Gadsden or Attalla Public Housing to be substandard, so if you live there, you would not qualify for the Habitat program.