For the eighth time, Thrivent Financial will be sponsoring a home in the area through Habitat for Humanity of North Central Iowa (HFHNCI). Thrivent Builds has committed more than $200 million to build or repair homes throughout the US and the world, including six more houses in Iowa in 2014. Thrivent will be partnering with Zion Lutheran Church to build a Habitat home in Clear Lake this year. This will be the fourth Habitat for Humanity home built in Clear Lake, and the first one sponsored through Zion Lutheran Church.
Applications are now being accepted by HFHNCI to identify families who can partner with them to build and purchase these energy efficient, single family homes. Construction on the home is planned to begin this summer, with hope of completion around Christmas.
For those interested in applying to Habitat’s Homeownership program, there will be a free, no obligation information application meeting held in Clear Lake next Tuesday, May 6th from 5:30 – 6:30pm in the Friendship Room of Zion Lutheran Church, 112 North 4th Street. Please call the Habitat office at (641) 424-8978 to RSVP for this meeting, or for more details.
Habitat for Humanity serves local residents who are in need of safe and affordable housing, but who are unable to qualify for a traditional bank loan. Habitat raises the money needed to build the homes, and then provides 0% interest loans to qualified applicants with low monthly payments spread out over 20-30 year terms. The homes are primarily built by volunteers, along with the future homeowners, in order to keep the purchase cost affordable.
In addition to this Clear Lake project, Habitat for Humanity NCI will also be working on three additional homeownership projects in Mason City this year, as well as home repair projects throughout its six county service area. To inquire about volunteering, to make a donation, to apply for housing assistance, or to get more information about Habitat for Humanity or the ReStore, call (641) 424-8978 or visit the website at www.habitatnci.org.