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CNHI/Southeast Iowa

January 22, 2014

Habitat for Humanity looking for two partner families

OSKALOOSA — The Mahaska County Habitat for Humanity chapter is looking for partner families for its upcoming building projects.

“We are looking for two,” Habitat for Humanity Director Valinn McReynolds said. “We’re going to do one new building on Mabel Street. The second site is a home we previously built. We are fixing it up and we’ll be picking a new family.”

The new house will be built at 1004 Mabel St. The rehabilitated home will be at 515 S. A St., McReynolds said.

The new home on Mabel Street will be built to fit the size of the new partner family. The home on South A Street is a two-bedroom home with no basement.

“We’ll be looking for a family that fits that house,” McReynolds said.

Applications to be considered as a partner family can be obtained at Central United Methodist Church, 201 N. Market St. If you have questions about the application, you can call McReynolds at (641) 295-5805.

The applications are due by Jan. 31 at noon.

The income guidelines for applying to be a partner family are from 30 to 80 percent of the median income of the area, McReynolds said.

Once the applications are gathered, a Family Selection Committee will meet to review the applications. The committee will make a decision in about 30 days. They do credit, background and income checks, McReynolds said.

LOVE INC also will conduct a financial class for the host families to review the differences between renting and owning a home, she said.

Groundbreaking on the new home will be in the spring, “depending on the weather,” McReynolds said.

So far, there has been quite a few telephone inquiries about the new Habitat for Humanity home.

“That’s exciting,” McReynolds said.

If you want to help Habitat for Humanity, there are a couple of upcoming opportunities.

“We are looking for new board members,” McReynolds said. The Habitat for Humanity board soon will have three openings. Also, the Family Selection Committee will have some openings as well, she added. Anyone interested in serving in either capacity can call McReynolds for more information.

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