On June 18, a small army of volunteers erected a wall at a new home being built by Highland Lakes Habitat for Humanity in Granite Shoals. All four walls were erected on the same day. Photo courtesy of Greg Mills.
On June 18, more than 30 volunteers gathered at Granite Shoals to help a family start their journey to their own home and all the benefits that come with it.
The group started working on Alpine lake habitat for humanitythis is the 24th house since the founding of the local organization in 1994.
“The overall mission of Habitat for Humanity is to end poverty,” said Greg Mills, President of the Highland Lakes Group. Mills has been with the local organization since 1995 and has served as president for a total of nine years.
The house currently under construction is one of two being built in Granite Shoals. The families will become neighbors as soon as the houses are built.
These are not free houses. Habitat for Humanity finances the construction of the house and promotes construction. The family then usually takes out a 20-year interest-free loan held by Habitat for Humanity.
In order to qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home, a so-called “partner family” must meet certain requirements. Applicants must prove an income level that matches the number of family members, starting at $26,340 ($2,195 per month) for a one-member family and up to $49,680 ($4,140 per month) for a family of eight . These requirements ensure that the partner family can maintain their new home.
Another requirement for families looking for a home in Habitat for Humanity is “sweat equity”. They must work at least 300 hours of labor, of which 150 hours are worked in someone else’s home.
Jose Quintanilla and Leticia Lopez and daughters Jolissa and Lailani Quintanilla will move into the same house. Tonya and José Villalobos and sons Jess, Mark and Jacob will get another.
To keep costs down, Habitat for Humanity homes are built almost exclusively by volunteers. People interested in helping don’t need any special building skills, if any.
“There is not much experience needed. You learn as you go,” said Tom Lukenbach, a nine-year veteran of the Habitat for Humanity volunteer program.
Each job site typically has eight or nine volunteers, Lukenbach said. Over 30 workers June 18 was an exceptional event. Neighbors, friends and many family members were involved.
Construction usually takes nine months.
Research has shown that homeownership contributes to a person’s well-being.
“If you can give people a stable environment and a solid foundation, everyone will get better,” Mills said.
Habitat for Humanity is an international organization with branches around the world. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has built over 600,000 homes and provided housing for over 3 million people.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Highland Lakes Habitat for Humanity, please send a request to be added to the mailing list at [email protected]
The local organization is always looking for donations of time, resources or land. To do this, contact him at the above email address.