Habitat sets pair of application meetings

Thursday, November 1, 2001

While work continues on two Habitat for Humanity houses in Marshall, the local Habitat chapter will begin the process of selecting the next families to receive new homes through the organization at Family Selection Committee meetings starting this weekend.

The committee meets annually in Marshall, Slater and Sweet Springs to allow families to make application to join the program. This year's meetings will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, and 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at locations including the First Presbyterian Church, 212 E. North, in Marshall; the Slater First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Walnut; and the basement of the First Baptist Church in Sweet Springs, at 104 Main St.

Selection criteria for Habitat for Humanity are need, ability to make payments on a no-interest loan for the house and willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity volunteers in the construction of the house and other projects.

While aiming to provide housing for low-income people, Habitat for Humanity does not give away the houses constructed using volunteer labor. Instead, recipients pay for the cost of the house over a no-interest, 20-year loan.

In Saline County, Habitat officials say they target families with gross incomes between $11,000 and $27,000, depending on the size of the family. A perfect credit history is not required for selection, but a family's debts must be manageable and a good history of payments for rent and utilities must be demonstrated.

Applications can only be made during the times and at the locations listed.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to work at one of this year's two construction sites, make a contribution or be placed on the organization's mailing list may contact Habitat for Humanity of Saline County at 25 N. Bell in Marshall or leave a message by calling 831-5445. This year's construction sites are at 626 E. Thomas and 624 E. Washington, both in Marshall. Groups wanting to volunteer a Saturday may contact Kathy Blumhorst at 886-3460.

Gifts to Habitat for Humanity can also qualify for state tax credits. The state low-income housing tax credit equals 55 percent of a donation. For example, a gift of $1,000 would give the donor a tax credit of $550 to be used toward Missouri income tax.

For more information on the program, call Kathy Borgman at 837-3350.

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