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Thursday, August 30,2012

Habitat starts work on 29th home

Athens County Habitat for Humanity this week broke ground on its 29th home build, this one at 2 Alexander St. in Athens.

The home, which will be built to federal Energy Star 3 standards, is sponsored by the affiliate's "Women Raise the Roof" coalition. WTRT's seventh home, this one will be built exclusively by women volunteers. The project is one of 50 "women build" events taking place across the nation this year.

"Athens County Habitat for Humanity is lucky to have supportive individuals and neighbors within the community," Kenneth Oehlers, executive director of ACHFH, said in a news release. "It is important to collaborate with each other to provide decent, affordable housing within the county."

Athens County Habitat for Humanity has received support from the city of Athens for the project through a land donation. "We are so grateful to the city and look forward to working with them on partnerships in the future," Oehlers said.

Houses that ACHFH constructs are built in partnership with the future homeowners, who pay a zero-interest rate mortgage upon completion of the project. Habitat homeowners contribute to the community by paying property taxes and being good stewards of their property.


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