SCOTTSBURG — Livingston County Habitat For Humanity is looking for a family or couple who is looking to be part of their program.
The non-for-profit organization helps people get affordable housing without the cost of labor. A prime location has opened up in the small village of Scottsburg, and will be available for building in May.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a homeowner in the Dansville Central School District needs to fill out an application with Habitat For Humanity to see if they qualify.
Ken and Kathy Hubacher have been working with Habitat For Humanity for nearly eight years. They have helped to build several homes and rehab facilities throughout Livingston County.
“We did two rehabs in Mount Morris, and finished homes in Avon, Caledonia, and Groveland Station,” Ken Hubacher said. “It is important people understand this is not a hand out. This is a hand up. They still need to pay for the materials to build the home, property taxes, and a low interest mortgage.”
The entire application process can be handled online or by calling the president of the organization.
“They have to put in 300 hours of construction with the volunteers to help build the house,” Hubacher said. “We work with them from foundation to finish. They learn how a house is constructed, and we show them how to take care of it.”
The Groveland Station home is the latest to be completed, and a nice couple with a toddler is moving in.
“They are very very nice hardworking people,”Hubacher said. “The last few homes we made were with first time homeowners. They see the whole process, and help us get it done. If they don’t have the skills to do it; they work right alongside Habitat For Humanity, and we show them how to do it.”
The volunteers work three days a week, and come from all walks of life. Many of the volunteers are retired, or college students who help in the summer. They typically work Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Hubacher said they also need volunteers, so anyone interested in helping with the Scottsburg home is welcome.
“We have a great group of people who help us work on the houses. We encourage anyone to come and give it a try. There is a lot of satisfaction in it,” he said. “We have a lot of fun doing it. It is a good feeling when you are done, and that family or couple gets a house. These people wouldn’t be able to afford a home without Habitat.”
“It still costs a few thousand dollars, but it is a lot cheaper than having to pay for the labor to build the home,” Hubacher said. “The homes we build are very energy efficient. They are super insulated, so they won’t cost a fortune to heat. The value of these homes are incredibly high.”
These homes are typically simple ranch homes with a few bedrooms, a couple baths, and a full basement.
Kathy Hubacher said that applicants have to meet the financial criteria, and be able to pay for the home.
“It is hard to get a family that qualifies,” she said. “We let different organizations know about it such as churches, schools, and banks. We have a family selection committee.”
Hubacher said she loves to see the family get the home.
“Our volunteers have to be 18 years old and older to work on the house,” she said. “We provide a safe working environment.”
The living space of the home is based on how many children the family has living with them, Hubacher added. “They do have to understand how to care for the home. We do a walk through with them, and tell them what they need to do to keep the home in good shape. They become the face of Habitat For Humanity, and we want them to be good.”
For more information and for applications go to http://www.livingstonhabitat.org/