Habitat for Humanity celebrating 30 years in Springfield area


MARCH OF NEXT YEAR. EM, 22NEWS. ASHLEY: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREATER SPRINGFIELD REACHED A MILESTONE TODAY. IT’S BEEN 30 YEARS SINCE HABITAT BUILT THE FIRST OF ITS 61 HOMES IN HAMPDEN COUNTY FOR DESERVING FAMILIES. THEIR LATEST HOME IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN SPRINGFIELD’S UPPER HILL NEIGHBORHOOD, AND WILL BE FINISHED A FEW MONTHS. HABITAT’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JENNIFER SCHIMMEL TOLD 22NEWS, THEY HAVE A VERY UNIQUE HOMEBUILDING PROGRAM. JENNIFER: THE MOST UNIQUE THING THAT WE ACHIEVE IS PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR FAMILIES. THAT THEY PUT IN “SWEAT EQUITY, THEY PHYSICALLY BUILD THE STRUCTURE WITH US, AND THEN WEPROVIDE THEM WITH A NO-INTEREST LOAN, THEN THEY CAN TRULY AFFORD THE OPPORTUNITY.. ASHLEY: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RECEIVED RECOGNITION FROM SPRINGFIELD

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