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    Since 1988, the Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity has built more than 97 houses in the Fayetteville community. The nonprofit organization partners with low-income families to provide decent, affordable housing. The mission is to work in partnership with “God and people everywhere from all walks of life to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which every person can experience God’s love and can live and grow into all that God intends.” {mosimage}
    “We are currently building five houses,” said Ann Griffin, executive director of Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity. “The house numbers are 100, 101, 102, 103 and 104 and we are pleased to have built more than 100 houses this year.”
    Home buyers are selected through a process that entails checking their credit history, a willingness to partner with Habitat and a willingness to invest a little sweat equity. Each family approved for a Habitat home must put in 400 hours to help build the house. It may take up to two years to get a home.
Habitat Village Homes are located on Old Wilmington Road and Neal Street, which is off Cedar Creek Road. The house is sold at cost with no interest. Land for the houses to be built on is donated by the city or by private individuals who have land that they want to donate to Habitat for Humanity. The houses are built in groups.
    “All of our homes are built by volunteers as much as possible,” said Griffin.
     “The electrical, plumbing and carpeting are done professionally.” 
    Griffin added that the volunteers come from all over the country to donate time, skills and materials to implement Habitat’s mission of eradicating poverty housing one family at a time.  
    There are churches that sponsor houses and send out large numbers of volunteers to help build houses.  
    “When our soldiers come back to Fayetteville they automatically call us and want to volunteer,” said Griffin.      “We are thrilled to have them.”
    Habitat for Humanity is located at 310 Green St. For more informationor to volunteer, call 483-0952.  



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