Habitat for Humanity – 4/8/19


Joy: I AM SPENDING MY DAY WITH ONE OF MY FAVORITE ORGANIZATIONS, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, WHICH HELPS PEOPLE FINNED A HOME. NANCY, WE ARE IN FRONT OF NEW CONSTRUCTION. TELL ME ABOUT THIS HOUSE. Guest: THIS HOUSE STARTED IN MARCH AS SOON AS THE WEATHER KIND OF GOT BETTER. THEY’RE DOING GREAT WITH IT. THE HOME, CLOSED, PURCHASED IN THE HOME BY THE END OF JUNE. Joy: DOESN’T THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD TO THINK A SINGLE MOM, WHO IS DOING THE VERY BEST SHE CAN, IS GOING TO HAVE A ROOF TO RAISE HER CHILDREN UNDER, A FAMILY AND A NICE NEIGHBORHOOD. TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT IT TOOK, FOR EXAMPLE, FOR THAT SINGLE MOM TO LEARN SHE QUALIFIED FOR A HABITAT HOME. Guest: WELL, I THINK THIS MAY HAVE BEEN HER SECOND TIME TO APPLY. THAT HAPPENS FAIRLY OFTEN. AND SHE DID HAVE THE INCOME AND CREDIT-WORTHINESS TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THE HOUSE PAYMENTS. THE BIGGEST THING THAT MAKES HABITAT’S PROGRAM DIFFERENT, IS THEY DO HAVE A TAKE A SERIES OF HOMEOWNER EDUCATION CLASSES FROM US THAT WE PROVIDE. AND THEY NEED TO PUT IN THE SWEAT EQUITY. SHE WORKED REALLY, REALLY HARD! SHE ACTUALLY KIND OF GOT PAST THE HALFWAY POINT BEFORE WE ASSIGNED THE HOME TO HER. BUT SHE’S WORKED REALLY HARD. SO SHE’S SO EXCITED. SHE’S LIVING WITH FAMILY NOW. SO SHE’S EXTREMELY EXCITED ABOUT THIS HOUSE IS GOING UP. AND SHE WILL BE IN THIS HOUSE SOMETIME THIS SUMMER. Guest: YEAH. Joy: THAT IS A SUCCESS STORY IF THERE EVER WAS ONE. HERE’S WHAT I WANT TO SEE, THOUGH, NANCY. I WANT TO LOOK AT A FINISHED HOME. Guest: WE HAVE A HOME IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. IT’S BECOMING OUR MODEL HOME. IT’S NOT QUITE FINISHED. IT WILL BE SOON. WE’LL BE HAVING OPEN HOUSES IN THAT HOME. AND THOSE WILL BE OPEN TO ANYWHERE THAT WANTS TO COME IN, SEE WHAT A HABITAT HOME LOOKS LIKE AND TALK MORE WITH ME OR WITH ONE OF OUR OTHER STAFF ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A HABITAT HOMEOWNER. Joy: THAT’S WHAT I’M GOING TO DO RIGHT NOW. NANCY, THANK YOU. Guest: THANK YOU, JOY. Joy: OH, THIS IS NICE, RA LARRY! Guest: ISN’T IT LOVELY? Joy: IT’S A MODEL HOME. HOME WITH A LIVING SPACE AND WONDERFUL KITCHEN AND DINING SPACE HERE. WHAT IS REALLY COOL, THOUGH S. THAT WHEN PEOPLE ARE PICKED TO BE ABLE TO BUY THEIR HOMES, THEY GET TO REALLY MAKE IT THEIR OWN. THEY CAN PICK OUT THEIR COUNTER TOPS AND CABINET COLORS AND FLOORS. IN FACT, AS THE MODEL HOME, WHEN YOU WOULD YOU THROUGH, YOU’LL SEE THREE OR FOUR DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLOORS. IT’S NOT BECAUSE WE RAN OUT, IT’S SO PEOPLE CAN SEE WHAT THE FLOORS LOOK LIKE. HABITAT IS MORE THAN A HOME BUILDER. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK WE GIVE AWAY HOMES. OUR HOME BUYERS BUY THE HOME. NOW IT’S A ZERO INTEREST LOAN, WHICH IS THE BEST RATE IN TOWN. Joy: THE BEST RATE IN TOWN FOR SURE. BUT PEOPLE WORK VERY HARD TO GET HERE. Guest: THEY DO. THEY HAVE TO APPLY, AS YOU HEARD. AND THEY HAVE TO WORK THROUGH THE SWEAT EQUITY AND SAVE FOR THEIR ESCROW FOR PAYMENT. AND THEY EARN THE RIGHT TO BUY THE HOUSE AND THEY EARN THEIR KEYS. KNOW, FOLKS THINK JIMMY CARTER STARTED HABITAT. HE DID NOT. HE’S A GREAT SUPPORTER OF OURS. BUT IT WAS STARTED BACK IN ’76. HABITAT SPRINGFIELD HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1988. SINCE THEN, WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO HELP OR REPAIR OVER 600 HOMES AND HELP OVER 1,300 PEOPLE. BUSINESS. IF YOU OR SOMEBODY YOU KNOW IS INTERESTED IN LEARNING HOW TO BECOME A HABITAT HOME BUYER, CONTACT US, 829-4001. ASK FOR NANCY. SHE IS OUR CONTACT PERSON. OR YOU CAN GO TO www.habitatspringfieldmo.org. AND THAT’S WHERE YOU CAN FIND ALL THINGS HABITAT. Joy: THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO. Guest: THANK YOU. Joy: ON BEHALF OF THIS WHOLE COMMUNITY, WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE YOU HERE.

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