Some Key Habitat Facts.
1. Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry that brings together all kinds of people in the service of God. Persons of different faiths, ages, races, and backgrounds put aside their differences and agree on the hammer as an instrument of God's love. "Our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action." 1 John 3:18
2. Total number of Habitat homeowners who have received their home for free: 0. We do not give away free homes. Habitat for Humanity works because it provides a means for people to become homeowners and to improve their lives. But it does not give away homes. It is a hand-up, not a hand-out. Habitat homes are sold to the homeowners at a USDA determined low percent interest rate, after they have helped to build the home.
3. Habitat Homeowners must qualify. Partner families are selected after they meet three primary criteria:
a. Have the ability to repay the mortgage. Habitat families are low-income families but they must have enough income to make a house payment.
b. Be willing to partner with the local Habitat affiliate. Families are expected to perform 300 hours of"sweat equity," which is work toward the completion of the home.
c. Have a need for better housing. Families are interviewed to insure that their existing living conditions are not adequate due to overcrowding or unsafe conditions or unaffordable costs.
4. Number of Habitat homes constructed in Franklin County: 12
Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County built their first home in St. Clair in 2003.
To date the organization has constructed homes in the communities of Leslie, New Haven, St.Clair, Sullivan, Gerald, and Union.
5. Habitat for Humanity Homes are simple, decent homes. Habitat for Humanity International founder Millard Fuller's goal was "simple, decent housing for all, not a few nice houses for a few lucky people." In Franklin County we build homes that range from 1,000 to 1,100 square feet We build with an eye toward energy efficiency and long-term maintenance. The homes come with a new refrigerator, range, and washer/dryer hook-ups.
How Habitat Works
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and construction materials, Habitat builds simple, decent homes along side potential owners. These homes are sold to selected families at cost with no profit and low interest charged for the life of the loan. In addition, potential homeowners must provide 300 hours of service to Habitat. New homeowners’ mortgage payments are then used to build more Habitat homes within our community.
How a Home is Built
Virtually every aspect of building a safe, decent, affordable home is at the direction of volunteers.Habitat volunteers: raise the funds, select the site, select the partner family,construct the home with the partner family, and then rejoice with the new Habitat homeowners.
How Partner Families are Selected
Families are selected using a rigorous application process. The process is based on need, income, and acceptable credit history. The partnership includes the families willingness to complete 300 hours of sweat equity on their home prior to move in. Additionally, the income of these hard-working families needs to accommodate the monthly payments on a USDA mortgage and their monthly living expenses. Together dedicated volunteers and partner families have built 12 homes in Franklin County.
Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County – A Brief History
Started in Fall of 2000 and formally organized in 2001.
Founders: Donald and Donna Vest - First President: Vicky Halcrow
First Zion members: David Brune, Norma Klemme, Don & Frances Nuernberger, Prudence Johnson
2. Houses Built
2003 – St. Clair
2004 – Union
2005 – New Haven
2006-07 – Sullivan
2007 – Leslie
2008 – Leslie
2009 – St. Clair
2009 – Sullivan
2012 – Gerald
2013 – St. Clair
2014 - New Haven
2017 - Sullivan
3. Special Items
2003 – Ed Steinberger donated land for first build
2003 – Klemmes worked on Jimmy Carter Habitat build in LaGrange, GA
Long time people involved with Habitat – Joe Sedlock. Norma Klemme, Bruce & MarvisTempler, David Sutton, Allen Ten Eyck, Thad Brady, Terry Witthaus, Linda Kurz, Jim Brown
2007 – 2009 – Kathy & Mark Koch worked with Lutheran Thrivent Program to help build three houses in Leslie and Sullivan.
2008 – Shirley Hillhouse led school in Franklin county in a one day aluminum can drive (Collected over 4000 lbs.) and set a Guinness World record for a one day collection.
Keith Stallmann monthly hauls the aluminum cans to the recycling center for Habitat.
4. Present Board: Officers: Pres. (Tom Hoerstkamp); V.P. (Damian Struzzi); Sec. (Tim Huber); Treas. (Peggy Overschmidt) Board Members: Karen Dawson, Joe Sedlock, Joyce Martin, John Rucker, Tom Howard, Tom Hoerstkamp, Norma Klemme, Linda Kurz, Audrey Freitag, Damian Struzzi.