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Habitat holding Saturday orientation for potential home recipients
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Copper Glen, the Habitat for Humanity of Hall County community off Baker Road, has nine completed homes with another in construction and several more set to begin soon. Currently Habitat for Humanity of Hall County is looking for new applicants to fill out the East Hall subdivision. - photo by Scott Rogers

The Copper Glen subdivision in East Hall has become a haven of affordable housing for nine families now residing there.

Another home is currently under construction, and development of homes for three additional families are pending permitting.

But space is available for several more families that Habitat for Humanity of Hall County hopes to fill beginning with an application and orientation session scheduled for Saturday.

Copper Glen came into the hands of Habitat as a land donation.

The 42 acres will support a total of 21 homes off Baker Road near Ga. 60/Candler Road, plus a walking trail and community garden.

Habitat dedicated its 50th home in Hall County in April 2015, and by March 2016, had already moved the first two families into Copper Glen.

Christine Osasu, Habitat’s community outreach director, said individuals and families wishing to attend the orientation session must first sign up online.

Habitat for Humanity of Hall County orientation

What: Prequalifying and application review for potential new Habitat home recipients

When: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9

Where: 12Stone Church, 4256 Martin Road, Flowery Branch

Register: Sign up online; for more information, call 678-450-5998

This is a “mandatory” step that allows Habitat to prescreen attendees to determine whether they are likely to be qualifying candidates for a home.

This process has already eliminated 67 individuals or families from attending the orientation, according to Osasu, because they will not qualify based on income restrictions, residency requirements or other stipulations.

The last thing Osasu said she wanted for orientation attendees is to leave with “a lot of hope and hearts broken.”

Osasu said about 165 attendees are already on the orientation invite list.

But that high level of demand for quality, affordable housing shouldn’t turn interested families away, Osasu added.  

“There is funding for the houses,” she said. “So they will be in the next wave. We have a big need.”

Applicants must meet income guidelines; show they can make mortgage payments; complete financial education courses; and a down payment is required.

Applicants must also fulfill 260 hours of “sweat equity” per adult, and 100 hours per adult child over 18 years of age.

For interested individuals without ready access to internet, computers are available at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore thrift shop located at 2380 Murphy Blvd. in Gainesville to sign up for the orientation session.

Osasu said families attending Saturday’s session could be moving into a Habitat home as soon as the end of 2019, with two years the typical timeline for families to meet and complete the requirements for receiving this assistance.

“It’s a possible reality,” Osasu said.

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Copper Glen, the Habitat for Humanity of Hall County community off Baker Road, has nine completed homes with another in construction and several more set to begin soon. - photo by Scott Rogers
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