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Habitat for Humanity hosting info meetings

November 30, 2016

The season is upon us — filled with images of festively decorated houses and the sentiment of “home for the holidays.”

But for some families, the idea of owning of home seems far beyond reach.

However, this is also the season when the North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity selects families to partner with in home ownership.

The Habitat affiliate will working to find up to five new families for the 2017 building season.

Two community meetings will be held to explain how the program works.

The first will be 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Hibbing Park Hotel and the second will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mountain Iron Community Center.

Anyone looking to own a home, who knows of someone who could be helped, or is simply interested in Habitat for Humanity or would like to be involved in the organization is welcome.

Applicants are qualified for the program using three criteria: A family’s need for housing, willingness to be a partner while building the home, and ability to pay an affordable mortgage to buy the home once it is completed.

Habitat for Humanity’s moderate mortgage keeps home payments affordable for low income families, and community volunteers assist to decrease the costs of building.

Partner families put in a minimum of 200 hours of “sweat equity” per adult member and recruit another 100 hours from friends and family.

Additionally, families attend a monthly meeting with the Family Support Committee and are encouraged to take part in maintenance and repair classes.

For more information, call 218-749-8910 or email marnie@nslchfh.org.