Habitat home being built on Fowler Road
Posted: Friday, September 3, 2010 2:46 pm WORKING TOGETHER — Al Southwell and Tanise Hunt (top, right) hang siding at the Habitat house.
By: Nelda Rachels, Special to The Press
We are proud to announce that we are about halfway through the construction of Weakley County Habitat for Humanity’s latest home. We’re building on Fowler Road near the Hwy 45 bypass in Martin, just a few blocks from Martin Middle School.
In one sense this home is just another of our series of modest, decent affordable homes. Hower, it is a home with a big difference. It will be the first home we’ve built that will be completely financed by the mortgage payments of other Habitat families!
One of the common misconceptions about Habitat for Humanity is that homes are simply given to new homeowners. Nothing could be further from the truth! It is certainly true that a Habitat home is built almost entirely with volunteer labor. Materials costs, however, are very real and rarely free. When Habitat sells a home to a family, they are fully expected to pay the cost of the materials, an amount totaling these days nearly $50,000. Not all at once, of course, but with a 20-year no-interest loan. Our mortgage loans may be unusual, but Habitat families have a mortgage to pay just like everyone else.
Weakley County Habitat families are typical in another respect as well. Our 12 families contribute to the local tax base. Habitat homeowners contribute more than $7,000 annually in city and county taxes.
We are so very proud of our program! Come visit us as we build and see what family mortgage payments and your generous donations make possible.
For more information, contact John Schommer at 588-0794.