The local Habitat for Humanity chapter is putting the finishing touches on their latest house and a Del Norte family is about to move into a new home.
Del Norte Habitat for Humanity is awaiting a final appraisal before handing the keys to Melinda Davis, Jonathan Hurley and their children Dylan and Bailey, said Chris Owen, the local chapter’s vice president. Although their move-in date isn’t for a couple of weeks, Davis, Hurley and their youngsters will take part in a dedication Sunday at their new three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on Peveler Avenue, Owen said.
“We’re waiting for the final inspection and then they get to move in,” Owen said. “They’re beyond excited.”
This is the fifth house Del Norte Habitat for Humanity has completed since it was founded in 1996. The home includes a bedroom for each of the children and a master bedroom for the parents, Owen said, as well as a laundry room.
Volunteers broke ground on a lot Habitat purchased from Lighthouse Community Church in June 2016. Owen said there was a dedicated group of five volunteers who built the house. Hurley, Davis and their children also worked on the home, putting in their own sweat equity, she said.
Sunday’s dedication is a chance for Hurley, Davis, their family and friends and the Del Norte Habitat for Humanity board of directors to see inside the new house, Owen said. Members of the public are also welcome, she said.
Habitat for Humanity candidates fill out an application and attend a workshop, said Carol Matthews, the Del Norte chapter’s treasurer.
The organization looks for families living in housing that’s unsafe or otherwise inadequate. According to Owen, the home Hurley and Davis rented was moldy and had poor heating. Habitat also tries to provide separate rooms for any children in a family if they are a boy and a girl, she said.
“They have to have an income,” Owen said of the family. “And that can be Social Security, it can be (Supplemental Security Income), a job, so that we know they’re going to be able to make a payment that’s going to be their mortgage.”
Del Norte Habitat for Humanity holds the mortgage on the homes they build, Matthews said. There is no interest and since the family puts in a significant amount of work in building the home, the mortgage could be about $300 a month, she said, “and some of them are not that much.”
Families also pay into an escrow account for taxes and homeowner’s insurance, Matthews said. She estimated that families pay a total of between $400 and $500 a month for the mortgage, taxes and insurance.
“The escrow part goes in their own account, which is their money saved towards taxes and insurance, but the mortgage payment goes toward building the next house,” Matthews said.
Del Norte Habitat for Humanity’s sixth home will likely be on Nickel Avenue, about two blocks away from Hurley and Davis’s new home, Owen said.
The organization won’t begin planning the design of the home until a family is selected, Matthews said. That’s also when Habitat for Humanity obtains building permits and pays sewer fees, she said.
“We don’t receive any funding from anybody,” Matthews said. “We raise all of the money locally to build the house. Most of it is done with volunteer labor unless there are certain things somebody (needs to be) licensed to do.”
Although she wasn’t sure yet when Del Norte Habitat for Humanity will be starting the process of selecting a new family to build for, Owen said there will be information on the radio, in the newspaper as well as flyers around the community letting people know when the workshop will be held.
The dedication ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the home site, 2428 Peveler Ave.
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