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Habitat to host applicant seminar

Oct. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio -- The Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity will conduct its third applicant seminar Tuesday for potential homeowners in Ohio.

The latest applicant seminar is set for 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Chesapeake branch of the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library. The habitat group sent out letters to 25 potential families to determine if they qualify for the program, said Dave Michael, habitat executive director.

Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity decided to expand operations to Eastern Lawrence County about a year ago and could begin work on two houses next year, Michael said Friday.

"We have two families who have made it through the selection process and been approved," he said. Two other families are working through the process, he said.

Last year, County Treasurer Steve Burcham found a parcel in Rome Township that might be available for the habitat program. "We're looking at starting in May of next year," Michael said.

"We have another parcel that a family is living in," he said. "It's in substandard condition. The family will move out, we plan to tear it down and build a new home on the site. We plan to start that process in December."

The home is in the Miller area, he said.

Habitat also hopes to secure another parcel on Township Road 1007 in the Chesapeake area, where another substandard home could be torn down and a new home built on the site, Michael said.

Habitat also is looking at another potential home site in the Burlington/South Point area, he said.

"Our goal Tuesday is to present information about Habitat and give out applications," he said. The families have to fill out the applications to be considered for a home, he said.

"This is the third applicant seminar we've had in Lawrence County in about a year," he said. "We're still actively fundraising."

Each new home has about $50,000 in material costs and relies on volunteers to get them built.

Donations and volunteers are needed. To contact Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity call 304-523-4822.

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