Dedication, groundbreaking held in Newport

Published: Friday, February 15, 2013 at 08:15 AM.

“We wanted to show that we have a lot of love in the community and we get a lot of help from the volunteers,” Durham said. “We’re especially proud to know that the Marines, when they have time, have been helping on the Habitat homes as well.

“We work with families that are low income. We build, in partnership with them, homes that are affordable, and help get them out of their poverty housing or homelessness situations and get on track with having a safe secure place to raise their families.”

Durham said the new homes would have bills for electricity that would be less than $30 a month.

The waiting list for a home is three to seven years depending on which county a family lives.

“This program allows them to do that with a zero percent mortgage but they have to put some skin in the game,” Durham said. “They have to do their sweat equity hours and they have to do their home ownership education. The end result is a mortgage payment less than $500 a month. That includes their taxes and insurance.

“Some of the volunteers are retirees from the military that still stayed in the area. We’ve got volunteers that retired from other places around the United States. They come out every week and help build. We get some youth groups, some college groups that come and help.”  

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