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Mark Twain Area Habitat for Humanity seeking family for next home

Five-year-old Xavier Ward of Hull, Ill., plays with his toys as Linda Cook, chairman of the Family Selection Committee for the Mark Twain Area Habitat for Humanity, discusses the qualifications to become a Habitat for Humanity homeowner during an informational meeting Thursday at the Shirley Bomar Building in Hannibal, Mo. Xavier was at the meeting with his mother, Susan Ward, who was inquiring about the application process. | H-W Photo/Phil Carlson
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 8, 2018 6:50 pm Updated: Mar. 8, 2018 8:25 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Alyssa Justice tears up at the thought of having a brand-new home.

Justice, her husband and two children rent on Hannibal's south side, and their house is tiny and dilapidated.

"It's depressing living there," she said. "To have a brand-new home would be amazing."

The Justices were one of several families who attended a Mark Twain Area Habitat for Humanity informational meeting Tuesday in Hannibal. The nonprofit organization is seeking an eligible family to receive a new home.

"Finding a new family to partner with is always an exciting time for us," chapter President Brad Kurz said. "This will be our 11th house, and although we can't yet say where it will be built, we can say that the location is very desirable and near an elementary school."

Prospective Habitat for Humanity homeowners must not be eligible for a conventional home loan from a lending agency, be able to pay for the house and pass a credit check, have a need for the home, and be willing to help build the home and put in 300 hours of sweat equity.

Habitat for Humanity builds homes built that typically have three bedrooms and are appraised at about $65,000. The Hannibal chapter builds one every two years; the first year is used by the organization to find a family and prepare them for homeownership before the building process begins.

"When selecting a homeowner, we want it to be a win-win situation for both them and us," said Linda Cook, who is part of the chapter's Family Selection Committee.

Applications are available through the organization and must be turned in or postmarked by March 22. Late applications will only be considered if all timely applicants fail to qualify.

For more information, visit MTAHabitat.org.

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