Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide non-profit organization which helps build homes for those in need. They are one of the most well-known nonprofits in the world, and the favorite volunteer cause of former President Jimmy Carter.
Their organization is unique in that potential homeowners have to both demonstrate the need for assistance and offer their own labor as “sweat equity” in constructing the house.
Benton County Habitat for Humanity recently began a new development near Philomath, a plot with six lots for new homes. They have already recruited one family, and applications for two more spots are due next Tuesday, January 22. Three more spots will be open for application over the course of the year.
The Advocate is taking a long-term look at affordable housing in Corvallis and Benton County, following Habitat’s projects as well as local government initiatives. Look out for our coverage in upcoming issues and online.
For more information about Benton County Habitat for Humanity, call 541-752-3354 (ext. 307) or find them online at www.bentonhabitat.org.
– By Ian McRonald