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Habitat still seeks family for new home

On Highway 59 near the Marion County line, a house still waits for a Franklin County family to make it a home.

Habitat for Humanity and a crew of volunteers are all in to make it happen, but Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Alabama Resource Director Teressa Clark said the organization is still accepting applications to select a family.

The house previously belonged to a family that now lives in Virginia.

“They decided they needed to do something with it,” Clark said. “This is going to be our first rehab … We’re very excited about it. We’re tickled.”

Families interested in applying to live in the house, which should be completely renovated before mid-2017, are asked to contact Habitat to discuss their need and qualifications. Clark said interested families will be sent an application to fill out and submit, after which Habitat will conduct an orientation meeting if the family meets initial requirements.

Clark said Habitat, with the help of volunteers as well as sweat equity from the family selected, will gut the inside of the house and upgrade it, including improving energy efficiency, replacing paneling with sheetrock and updating appliances, among other improvements. Landscaping will also be part of the upgrade.

Clark said they hope to have the home ready by spring. “Of course that all depends on resources, money and volunteers,” Clark said.

The family that demonstrates the greatest need while meeting all criteria will qualify as Partner Family for the new home.

The home in question is a three-bedroom, two-bath.

For more information, call 205-468-2900 or email contactus@nwalhabitat.org.

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