The Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity set out to celebrate their 25th anniversary by putting five families in homes.
Volunteers pour many hours of blood, sweat and tears into the homes built by GAHFH. Many of those hours are provided by partner families, those selected to receive homes built by GAHFH. Each partner family must complete 500 “sweat equity” hours before receiving their home. Contrary to popular belief, the homes are not provided for free. Rather, the partner families are given a 20-year, interest-free mortgage that they must repay.
The selection process is long and difficult for partner families. They must submit a pre-application that allows the GAHFH selection committee to determine if they meet the guidelines. The list is narrowed down and those that make it through the first phase must then submit an application. The selection committee then reviews those applications and narrows the list again. Those that make it through the second phase are then invited to an interview with members of the selection committee and the list is narrowed once again. Those that make it through the third phase then receive a home visit to determine if a need exists. The committee then makes its decision on which families are accepted into the program.
For 2013, about 200 families applied and five were selected. Two families will receive remodeled homes on Wright Avenue, while three families will receive newly built homes. Two of the homes are being built on Sprinwoods Trail and the third is being built in Ninety Six. One family will be moving into their home on Sep.8 when GAHFH hosts a home dedication.
Construction is well underway on two of the three new homes, both on Springwoods Trail. Flooring is being installed in one home while the other is currently being painted. Those homes are expected to be completed before Christmas.