Habitat for Humanity to Build Home for Veteran
March 7, 2014 – Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana and the NWI Veterans Action Council are teaming up to help a local service member achieve the American dream of homeownership. The two groups announced yesterday that they will join forces to build Indiana’s first veteran Habitat home.
According to Michael Sparber, chairman of the NWI Veterans Action Council, there are more than 37,000 veterans living in Lake County. “We are sure there are families out there who qualify for Habitat’s program.” says Sparber.
In order to be selected for a Habitat home, families must meet eligibility and need criteria, including income requirements. Selected families are also required to contribute 300 hours of “sweat equity” by participating in the build, and attend financial management classes. Donations of materials, funding, and labor help keep the mortgage payment low, usually between $550 – $750 monthly.
“We rely on the generosity of others to help fulfill the dreams of our partner families,” Daniel Klein, the executive director at Habitat says “Without our donors, this would not be possible,” Klein added.
A fundraiser breakfast will be held in April to benefit the Veteran Build.
More information can be found on Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana’s website, www.nwihabitat.org.