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Families interested in being the owner of a Habitat for Humanity Piatt County home being constructed in DeLand should attend an orientation meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 at DeLand Village Hall, 135 N. Illinois Ave. in DeLand.
The home, the local Habitat’s ninth, will be built this summer. Any family residing in Piatt County and/or the DeLand-Weldon School District are eligible to apply.
The purpose of the Jan. 24 meeting is to explain the selection criteria and the process used. Selection is based on level of need, current income and ability to pay a no-interest mortgage as well as a $500 down payment, and willingness to provide at least 250 hours of “sweat equity” per adult.
The total monthly payments include mortgage payments, real estate taxes and home insurance.
If possible, those attending the meeting should bring information regarding total family income, information on debts, loans and credit card balances, and a list of current monthly expenses.
Those not able to attend the meeting can also get information by calling Martin Meyer at 217-762-2423, Fred Finn at 217-377-3580 or Robin Lampert at 217-649-2010.
Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry with a goal of providing affordable, suitable housing for families whose income would not make them eligible for a more conventional bank loan. By relying on volunteer labor, donations of some materials and appliances, and no-interest loans, affordable homes are made available.