Rehab Work is Underway in Charlotte Courthouse
Work on the home rehabilitation of the Carey Road house located in Charlotte Courthouse has begun! Volunteers have come from far and wide to help with the renovation, including local Charlotte County residents, members of the Kindness Matters club from Central High School in Lunenburg, and students from Longwood University in Farmville. The installation of new energy-efficient windows will be one of the many measures that will not only make this house affordable to buy but also affordable to live in. Many of the families that apply for and become a partner family with Habitat find the cost savings on utilities bills to be a tremendous benefit in helping them become more financially stable.
As with all Habitat families, the family selected will have demonstrated three areas of eligibility. First, there must be a need for safe, decent, affordable housing. Next, there must be an ability to pay. All Habitat families become homeowners and pay an affordable mortgage. Financial information is reviewed to make sure the mortgage will not add a cost burden the family cannot afford. Finally, the family must be willing to partner. All Habitat families volunteer a set amount of hours working on their home and the home of another, right alongside community volunteers. This is called "sweat equity" and also includes 16 hours of homeowner education.
If you are interested in supporting the work of Habitat through volunteering or donating, please take some time to explore the website.
This story was originally written in April, 2017.