Habitat for Humanity now accepting applications

LaGRANGE — The local Habitat for Humanity affiliate is accepting applications for partner families seeking Habitat homes in Troup County.

The application process is now open for Troup County residents until noon on Oct. 10. Homes are scheduled to be constructed for up to three deserving partner families in LaGrange, Hogansville and Troup County. The affiliate is also currently starting a project in West Point.

The first Troup County house sponsorship is funded by donations from Dallas-Dodd Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church, P&G/Duracell and Troup County. These donations will be matched 100 percent by Habitat for Humanity Troup County Inc. and PNC Bank, its newest financial partner.

Habitat also has additional financial support from Rosemont and Callaway Baptist churches, The Tharpe Family Foundation and an anonymous donor. These donations will also be matched by Habitat and PNC Bank funds for a second project.

Habitat is also working closely with USDA and the cities of Hogansville, LaGrange and West Point.

Key requirements for successful partner families are:

• Need: Overcrowded, unsafe, unhealthy or dangerous living conditions or too large a percentage of income utilized for rent.

• Willingness to partner: Three hundred hours of volunteer service — “sweat equity” — must be completed.

• Ability to pay: Income, work history and references are required. In addition, criminal background and credit scores will be reviewed.

Habitat for Humanity makes homeownership affordable by offering our successful partner families a 0 percent interest mortgage.

Application packages are available at the local Habitat ReStore, 333 Main St. in LaGrange, during regular business hours: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday.

For additional information, call the local Habitat office at 706-837-0702 during regular business hours.

Contributed report

From a press release submitted on behalf of Habitat for Humanity. Submit your organization’s press release to editor Matthew Strother at mstrother@civitasmedia.com.