The Williams Area Habitat for Humanity is ready to build its third home. All the organization needs now is to find the family who will live in the house.
Families interested in partnering with Habitat to own their own home must attend an upcoming orientation meeting.
The first meeting is Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Williams Senior Center, 850 W. Grant Ave. The second meeting is Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 900 W. Grant Ave. Applications will only be available at these meetings.
"We just want people to come and listen, find out what it takes to be selected as a family," said Habitat volunteer Dennis Dreher. "We don't want anybody not to apply. We want everybody to apply and let us make that decision."
The lot for the third Habitat home is at 907 Wells Fargo Drive. The members of the organization can't start building the house until they find a family because the size of the house will depend on the size of the family.
A selection committee will choose a family based on housing needs, family income, ability to pay and willingness to partner with the organization.
Habitat is looking for applicants who are currently living in substandard housing.
"Substandard doesn't mean a pit, it means it needs attention and it doesn't serve the family well," Dreher said.
The organization will accept applications from households earning below 60 percent of the median Williams income. To qualify, the family members need to have acceptable credit, meaning no long-term debts, and a regular source of income.
"What we're able to do for people is provide them a home at low interest with no down payment," Dreher said, adding that the families just need "a hand up, not a handout."
The selected family must also contribute 500 hours of sweat equity toward the house.
"That means they're doing anything from pounding nails with us to cleaning up yards to making lunches for crews, publicity for Habitat," Dreher said. "Anything that they do that contributes to Habitat or their house."
Building homes through Habitat for Humanity can help make a positive impact on the city, Dreher said.
"That's what we intend to do is come into places that need help, build a new house, other people look next door and say, 'Wow, that's a nice house. I bet it makes my house worth more.' And they paint and they clean up their yard and they put up a fence," Dreher said. "So it is a nice thing, it really can help jump-start the quality of housing in a neighborhood."
More information about Williams Area Habitat for Humanity or the orientation meetings is available at (701) 361-2324.