When the economy suffers and local jobs are cut, low-income families have few options for housing. Many rent older, poorly-insulated homes or move in with relatives or friends. Habitat for Humanity offers an alternative for qualifying applicants.

When the economy suffers and local jobs are cut, low-income families have few options for housing. Many rent older, poorly-insulated homes or move in with relatives or friends. Habitat for Humanity offers an alternative for qualifying applicants.


Habitat is a Christian organization whose goal is to build quality, energy-efficient, affordable homes, sold to low-income families and individuals in Grayson County who are in need of housing and could not qualify for traditional loans. The homes are sold at no interest, and Habitat for Humanity carries the 20- to 25-year note for the loan.


Applicants work alongside local volunteers and professionals to build their homes. Each family contributes 250-350 hours of sweat equity for their own house and other Habitat projects. To qualify, applicants must earn less than half the median income for Grayson County.


Since organizing locally, Habitat for Humanity has built or renovated 27 houses and completed exterior repair for eight additional homes. The 28th new home will be completed in time for the family to move in by Christmas.


Habitat for Humanity would appreciate receiving any of these items:


• duct tape


• cases of water


• work gloves


• full-size Bibles to present to families at house dedications


• ear plugs or hearing protector ear muffs


• drywall screws


• paint brushes, pads, and rollers, all sizes


• painters tape


• paint trays or liners


• 4’ X 8’ sheets of OSB


• Rigid drill combo — drill driver and impact drill


• 28- or 36-volt DeWalt drill drivers


• blades for skill saws


• drill and driver bits


• Bobcat tractor for dirt work


For further information, please contact Laurie Mealy at 903-893-0009 or visit http://www.graysonhabitat.org.


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