Habitat for Humanity to build first house in Herrin

Habitat for Humanity in Williamson County is asking for more volunteers and applicants for their first blitz build in Herrin, Illinois.

On June 20th, the Habitat for Humanity in Williamson County will build a new home on a vacant lot on the corner of Poplar and 12th Street.  The city of Herrin donated the lot to Habitat for Humanity.  This vacant lot is near the old Maytag Plant.

The director for Habitat for Humanity in Williamson County, Dan Whitfield says they only have 3 to 4 applicants for the new home and would like to have more.  Whitfield says skilled and unskilled  volunteers are also needed to help complete the home.

Applicants who qualify for owning the new Habitat Home have to work at least 200 hours on the home, live in substandard housing, and can afford the house.

"We don't give a house away," said Whitfield.  "We sell it at a very affordable rate. We're able to do that because we offer no down payment and interest free loans."

According to Whitfield, Habitat for Humanity also helps the new home owners with budgeting, home maintenance plans, and how home owner's insurance works.

The Williamson County Habitat for Humanity has been building homes in the Marion area for 12 years and say they are excited to build their first home in Herrin.  They hope to have the exterior built in one week, including the roof, siding, and installation of doors and windows.

For more information on how to apply for a Habitat Home or to volunteer call the Habitat for Humanity in Williamson County at 618-997-3134.

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