(Photo by Tim Jaynes, Staff)
SIKESTON -- If you know someone who needs a hand up -- not a hand out -- for a home, Habitat for Humanity would like to hear from you.
"We're seeking the right family to partner with for our first build," said Karen Davis, chair of the Habitat for Humanity Sikeston Project's steering committee.
As the family who receives the Habitat-built home will be putting in 350 hours of "sweat equity" family labor, "it really is a partnership," Davis said.
And the home is not a gift: the family will also have to put up a nominal down payment of $250 and be responsible for making mortgage payments, she noted.
The family will be selected according to their need; their ability to pay the no-
profit, interest-free mortgage; and their demonstrated willingness to work in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Jackie Herndon, co-chair of the project's steering committee, said eligibility guidelines include being a U.S. citizen; having resided within 45 minutes of the city of Sikeston for at least one year; having a total gross annual income within the 25-50 percent range of the Scott County median family income -- approximately $11,100 to $22,300; currently living in inadequate or substandard housing; and having not declared bankruptcy within the last three years.
Herndon said those that know of a family that meets the criteria should contact Kim Beavers, chair of the family selection committee, by calling 472-8426 or by mail at Habitat for Humanity Sikeston Project, P.O. Box 211, Sikeston, Mo., 63801.
"The other thing is volunteers," Herndon said. "If you, your organization, civic group, youth group, ball team, school organization, church, friend and/or family are looking for an opportunity to make a difference in our community and someone's life, do it: get involved and see what happens."
"There's lots of ways to volunteer," Davis said.
Davis said they are also in the process of actively soliciting for donations which can also be sent to the post office box listed above.