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Habitat for Humanity to build in Charlton?

Non-profit eyeing town for next project

The Habitat for Humanity house located on 79 Fairview Park Road in Sturbridge. Talks are underway to bring a Habitat build to Charlton. (click for larger version)
October 11, 2011
CHARLTON — The town is taking its first steps in partnering with the MetroWest/Greater Worcester Habitat for Humanity to build an affordable home in Charlton.

Habitat for Humanity is an international housing non-profit organization that works with needy families and volunteers to build simple, reasonable homes in an effort to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness. The homes are built through donations and volunteer labor, allowing the organization to sell them below market value to qualifying families.

While the MetroWest/Greater Worcester Habitat for Humanity serves 29 towns in the area, a home in Charlton would be only their second construction west of Worcester. A home currently under construction on Fairview Park Road in Sturbridge should be completed and ready for occupancy in March 2012.

Habitat for Humanity board of directors members Michael Wimberly and Hank Rauch presented a rough plan for the proposed building in Charlton at the Board of Selectmen's Oct. 4 meeting.

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

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