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Habitat seeks family

Selection process on for Sturbridge home

December 19, 2010
STURBRIDGE — How does a home-building charitable group celebrate a silver anniversary? By building another house, of course.

The Habitat for Humanity Metro West and Greater Worcester Affiliation will celebrate its 25th anniversary by breaking ground this spring on its first ever house in town, located at 79 Fairview Park Road.

A large amount of planning work is now taking place for the project, as the construction committee and fundraising committee are raising money and seeking materials to build the three-bedroom, single family home. Family selection meetings will take place throughout January and February to determine who the occupants of the new house will be.

"The homeowner will be responsible for a 20- to 30-year mortgage on the house," said Chrisy Jones, the Development Director for Habitat for Humanity Metro West and Greater Worcester, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.

Anyone interested in applying for this homeownership opportunity must attend one of the four upcoming informational meetings. In addition, applicants must meet other family selection criteria — including need for adequate shelter, ability to pay for a Habitat home, and willingness to partner with Habitat in future community service endeavors. Applicants will only be considered if their annual income is between 25 percent and 60 percent of the 2010 Sturbridge and Worcester County area median income. For example, a four-person family would only be eligible for this opportunity if their annual income is between $19,975 and $47,940, while a five-person family would be considered if their annual income is between $21,575 and $51,780.

The aforementioned community service endeavors may feature several promotional events, including public speaking events during which the homeowners advocate for Habitat for Humanity, as well as other marketing campaigns. The homeowners will also be encouraged to volunteer several hours at local Habitat for Humanity construction sites.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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