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Hall Habitat dedicates 43rd home at South Hall site

POSTED: December 21, 2013 11:52 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity of Hall County celebrated the construction of its 43rd home at a Saturday morning dedication ceremony.

About 40 people gathered to celebrate, dedicate and bless the house at 3637 Shoreland Drive in Buford.

Executive Director Ann Nixon said the new home’s occupant had owned the land, but that her living space was becoming increasingly unlivable.

“The house was not only in poor repair, but becoming dilapidated in nature,” she said. “She couldn’t afford to rebuild herself.”

Nixon said the new owner will enjoy having her six grandchildren — with a seventh on the way — in her new space.
“She is a very active grandparent,” she said. “She’s been a coach, a Cub Scout leader. She is very, very involved.”

Homeowners generally pay between $250 and $300 a month, depending on their income, on a 20-year mortgage with no interest, Nixon said. The cost of the home was $70,000.

In addition to the funding Habitat gets from 22 active mortgages, corporate sponsorship and donations, the organization reaps funds from its 2380 Murphy Blvd. thrift business, called ReStore, in Gainesville.

“If you don’t eat it, or you don’t wear it, we’ll sell it,” she said.

Volunteers from 12Stone Church in Flowery Branch made up about half of the about 200 people who helped build the house, coming every other Saturday during September, October, November and the first half of December.

Alison McElvery, assistant director for Habitat, said students from Habitat High worked on the site four mornings a week. This was their 11th house.

The home represents a step into new territory for the organization, Nixon said.

“This is actually our first foray into South Hall,” Nixon said. “We’re trying to make sure we provide coverage everywhere in the county – it’s an exciting time for the homeowner.”


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