MEDFORD, Ore. – Habitat for Humanity was able to purchase a third home through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). They are now able to renovate it and sell it to a family in need.
“We’re pretty excited, we don’t get to have this opportunity very often so we’re excited that we’re going to be able to make a difference in the community, help take care of some of these blighted homes that have been empty, as well as serve families in need,” said Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Denise James.
Usually Habitat for Humanity will build new homes from the ground up but thanks to the NSP they can take a different approach to providing housing.
“This house is already hear, obviously, it’s in blight,” said John Ford, owner of Ford Real Estate and Habitat for Humanity Board Secretary, “it has ben through the ringer and gone through the foreclosure process versus a Habitat for Humanity new construction build which is all brand new for that family and in this particular case we take this home and refurbish it for a family.”
The renovation will begin immediately, since the grant has a deadline for the end of the year.
The families that will be moving into the NSP foreclosed homes renovated by Habitat for Humanity will have a larger yard and square footage, compared to the homes that Habitat for Humanity builds from the ground up.
Families are accepted through applications that open a couple of times a year, one of which will start next week.
“You have to prove an ability to pay,” says James, “so we look at credit and we look at income because you have to make a monthly mortgage payment to us. They also have to be willing to come and help build the home; they have to have at least 500 hours of construction, either building or renovating, helping us get home is ready,” says James.
Applicants must also show a need for housing. A Habitat for Humanity committee visits potential homeowners to make sure that they really do have a need for housing.
If you are interested in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity or if you would like to apply for housing you can contact Habitat for Humanity by going to their website.