Habitat for Humanity looking for veterans to assist

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland Area is looking for local veterans who need a helping hand in building, rehabilitating or repairing their homes.
Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps program, funded by the Home Depot Foundation, will begin next year in Pearl River and Hancock counties, according to a press release from Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland Area.
The organization is accepting applications from local veterans interested in receiving help from the program.
“The hardest part of this program, is the community outreach in reaching veterans in need. If your youth group, church or community group can help spread the word, please let us know. We will gladly attend a meeting, speak at an event or bring program literature to you,” Angela Eastin, Program Manager for Habitat Bay Waveland Area, said in the release.
The organization can help with new construction, home repair, weatherproofing, installation of handicap accessories and other services.
A 5 percent repayment is required for services based upon the individual recipient’s ability to pay, the release states, as well as “sweat equity hours” required.
To qualify, low-income families must be at or below 80 percent of the area’s median income and must be the family’s primary residence, the release states.
Habitat Bay Waveland was established in 2015 after merging the facilities of Pearl River and Hancock County, according to the release. The organization’s mission is to mobilize “volunteers and community partners to provide affordable housing options to families in Hancock and Pearl River counties,” the release states.
The Home Depot Foundation was established in 2011 and works primarily on veteran causes, investing more than $138 million since its founding, the release states. Nationwide, Team Depot volunteers have built or renovated over 25,000 veterans’ homes, according to the release.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland and the Repair Corps program, visit http://www.habitatbw.org/, or call 228-467-9699.

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