Habitat for Humanity in Minot is seeking applicants for new homeowners.
The purpose of the program is to offer a hand up to people who are in need of a new home.
Kelly Barnes used to live in a split level home but when she had her special needs child she needed new housing options.
“Our house was not going to accommodate her needs,” said Kelly Barnes, Habitat For Humanity Homeowner.
That’s when she found Habitat For Humanity.
“It’s a wonderful program for people that are looking to make a better a life for them and their families,” said Roxy Volk, Habitat For Humanity Executive Director.
Now, Habitat For Humanity is looking for more families like the Barnes to build a home for.
“It’s been a really good experience,” said Barnes.
There is criteria that you must meet in order to be a part of the program. There is income guidelines, you have to be able to afford monthly mortgage payments, and you must be willing to participate in the program.
“You put in equity, sweat hours, towards building a home,” said Barnes.
But putting in 250 hours of work on your home pays off in the long run.
“I think you appreciate it more when you work on it yourself,” said Barnes.
After a year of building through the program the house is yours and you are the owner.
“We can do what we want with it because it’s ours,” said Barnes.
“They have a new sense of ownership, belonging, stability, hope, dignity, there’s just so many things that come along with it and when I see that it makes me want to build more houses,” said Volk.
For more information: http://www.habitat.org/cd/kit/homepage.aspx?page=minotND