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Habitat provides a hand up – not a hand out!

Habitat-House-Dedication-ClarksvilleHabitat for Humanity of Montgomery County Tennessee is always accepting applications for its homeowner program. Executive director Shelby Logsdon said the non-profit Christian organization’s mission is to provide “a hand up, not a hand out” by partnering with qualified families to provide decent, safe, affordable housing.

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One of the most important criteria Habitat looks at in the application process is a family’s need for decent and affordable housing. Another is the family’s ability to pay the mortgage and utilities for a Habitat home. Habitat homes are provided to qualified families who are able to afford a zero-interest, 20-year mortgage.

“An important requirement of the program that applicants are able to be active partners,” said Logsdon. “A single adult is required to complete at least 250 hours of ‘sweat equity’ towards the construction of their home and the homes of other Habitat families. A family with two or more adults is required to complete at least 500 hours of sweat equity.” Participants must also participate in a monthly homeowner education seminar on subjects ranging from home repairs to budgeting. The goal of the program is to ease the transition from having a landlord to being a homeowner.

Logsdon notes that “Habitat is dependent on funding from the community to help continue building decent and affordable housing for Clarksville and Montgomery County.  Our housing ministry could not exist without the generous support of many community partners over the years and in the future.”

“Habitat has been building homes in here for over 20 years and yet there are still misconceptions about us in the community,” said Logsdon. “We are offering a hand up and not a hand out for our partner families through the pride involved with homeownership. No one should have to live in substandard housing and we continue to work to eliminate that in Clarksville and Montgomery County.”

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Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity housing lender and does not discriminate in the financing of homes based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or familial status.

Habitat will participate in World Habitat Day 2011 in October

September 29, 2011, Clarksville, TN — In recognition of World Habitat Day 2011, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, TN is planning to participate in the Habitat ReStore ‘ReCreate’ fall festival to address the need for decent housing around the world, including in Clarksville and Montgomery County.

The theme of World Habitat Day 2011 is “Housing cities after a disaster,” a serious and growing problem around the world. From Haiti and Japan to New Orleans and Memphis, urban areas face different and great challenges when responding to disasters. These dangers and challenges require effective and creative policies from governments and humanitarian groups around the world. “Considering we have endured significant natural disasters such as tornadoes and flooding in our own community within the past ten years, Clarksville-Montgomery County residents are very aware of the need for post-disaster housing as well as long-term affordable low-income housing,” explained Jennifer Kready, Executive Director. “The Affiliate will highlight Habitat’s positive impact in the community through simple, decent, and affordable new home construction, how to apply for the Habitat homeownership program, and how organizations and businesses can sponsor Habitat activities that benefits everyone.”

World Habitat Day is designated each year by the United Nations as a time to reflect on the dire need for adequate shelter around the globe. Habitat will dedicate its 500,000th house in Maai Mahiu, Kenya, and raise the walls on its 500,001st house in Paterson, New Jersey. Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, TN is among the more than 2,300 Habitat affiliates worldwide that have made this milestone possible, having built 75 homes locally since 1992 with projections to complete four homes in 2011 and four to six homes 2012. We thank the community for the contributions made to help Habitat reach this milestone achievement, and we thank you for your continued support in helping us reach our first million homes!

Habitat ReStore Will Host First Annual ‘ReCreate’ in October

September 29, 2011, Clarksville, TN – On Saturday October 8, 2011, the Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery, TN ReStore will host its first annual ‘ReCreate’, a fall festival focusing on repurposed materials, particularly those found in the ReStore. Local artists such as Shipley Potter, Dave Jenks, Gemini Dream Design, Doug Wilson, Heart Beaded Jewelry and more will have art for display and sale constructed of renewed and reused items. Doug Wilson, a regular ReStore customer, will have art at the festival made from scrap metal purchased from the ReStore. “I’m truly looking forward to participating in ReCreate. The ReStore is a source for materials to use in my work. A lot of my stuff involves metal work and is for the garden so it’s also a great fit to have the plant sale at the festival,” remarked Wilson. The festival begins at 8am with Montgomery County Master Gardeners fall plant sale on the front sidewalk until all plants are sold.

The ReCreate mission is “Members of our community committed to creating a more beautiful and endurable Clarksville through creative reuse show how they are choosing to make their neighborhoods more environmentally and economically sustainable.” ReStore Manager, Kathryn Norbeck-Dayley explained, “I took the idea for ReCreate from a project that New Orleans started called the ReUse District. We hope to see ReCreate grow into something similar. Downtown Clarksville has a growing art community and we would love to see an event bring artists together to focus on reducing landfill use while making something beautiful. We want downtown businesses, like the ReStore, that focus reusing, recycling, and repurposing materials support these initiatives.”

In addition to the local artists, the ReStore will be serving up free hot dogs, chips, and drinks to the public during the event. ReStore Assistant Manager, Lashanya Rogers stated, “Our customers are the best and we thought ReCreate was a great opportunity to show our customer appreciation. I hope everyone will come out, enjoy the local art and have a bite to eat – on the ReStore – while browsing.”
ReCreate coincides with Habitat for Humanity World Habitat Day 2011 and the theme of housing cities after disaster. The Habitat affiliate will provide information about simple, decent and affordable housing while highlighting its 76th home build sponsored by the ReStore and Duncan Construction.

ReCreate will be in the ReStore parking lot from 8am to 2pm on Saturday, October 8th 2011.