Local Habitat for Humanity to build two homes in South Haven this summer

2014-06-16T00:00:00Z Local Habitat for Humanity to build two homes in South Haven this summerJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

Thanks to volunteers, two single mothers will find themselves in new homes later this year.

Habitat for Humanity of Porter County will build two homes on Capitol Road, just south of U.S. 6 in South Haven, this summer.

The group, which has built 20 residential units in the last 20 years, is targeting Portage for its 2015 build, said President Brian Johnson. Habitat has had two lots donated to it on Central Avenue and Dombey Road.

The group began in the Valparaiso area and expanded to the county in 2008. It has built homes in Lake Eliza and Hebron, and is finishing a build in Valparaiso.

Johnson said they hope to kick off the South Haven construction project on July 12 with a wall raising.

The two families - a single mom with three children and a single mom with a disabled son - will provide 300 hours each of sweat equity in the project. Habitat will carry the mortgage on the homes, with the families paying about $450 per month in mortgage payments, plus taxes and insurance.

Johnson is taking the group's message to the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce luncheon this week in hopes of recruiting community leadership.

"We will be asking city leaders and business leaders to become involved," he said.

Habitat is looking for people, businesses or groups willing to volunteer or help raise funds for the Portage project.

"We need people in the community advocating in their community," said Johnson, adding Habitat has various fundraisers for groups to adopt.

They also need people to coordinate volunteers and help organize the effort.

Johnson said they have yet to choose the families for the Portage homes. Interested families must apply and meet certain criteria based on income and other factors.

Anyone interested in applying for one of the homes in Portage or who wants to donate, volunteer or help with the Portage effort can contact the group through its web site at portercountyhabitat.org or email mail@portercountyhabitat.org.

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