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Why $60,000? Meet the next family

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Family members include, front row from left, Malik and Malachi; second row, Charlotte, Jeromy and Nigel; and back row, John, Bryan and Ryheem.

by Becky Melton

Last week, Habitat for Humanity Middlesex an-nounced the beginning of a building campaign for $60,000.  This might cause one to wonder if land in Middlesex County can be purchased and a house constructed for $60,000.  The answer is probably not.  Each construction project is unique and the total cost is determined by the type and degree of donations.

In most instances, land must be purchased and survey and legal work must be performed.  Some or all of these services may or may not be donated.  The same is true for all materials and some of the labor required for a house. We are very fortunate to have a group of skilled and generous people in Middlesex willing to donate their efforts to build these houses.

Prior to closing on the purchase of a Habitat house, a reasonable value is placed on all major donated material and labor, which is then added to all actual costs incurred. This total amount determines the amount of the mortgage. The house recipient can then select the length of time for the mortgage to be repaid and monthly payments are determined accordingly. Remember, no interest is charged on this loan.

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In the case of the next house to be constructed, land has been purchased and it is now necessary to build an access road and start construction of the house.

It is with great pride that we introduce you to our next recipient family. John and Charlotte Dandy are parents to Malik, 3, Malachi, 5, Ryheem, 15, Jeromy, 17, Nigel, 19 and Bryan, 19. Nigel and Jeromy are foster children and have been an integral part of the family for the past five years. John and Charlotte both work one or more jobs each. The older boys work as jobs become available.  Both parents and older boys have performed community service work for Hands Across Middlesex and Habitat. This is a very deserving family who has passed our background and credit checks with flying colors and is anxiously awaiting completion of a home they can call their own. Won’t you step up and help?

Receipts will be issued for your tax-deductible contribution, which may be mailed to HFH Middlesex, P.O. Box 492, Hartfield, VA 23071.

posted 07.22.2009

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