Morenci's third Habitat project underway 2013.11.06

Morenci’s third Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County (HFHLC) project kicked off Sunday with an open house for the family that will purchase the home. 

Morenci’s previous Habitat projects involved homes that were built from the ground up. The new effort is a rehabilitation project that will improve the condition of an older home.

HFHLC purchases existing homes and rehabs them before selling them to qualified low-income buyers in Lenawee County. Applicants should show a need for adequate housing, ability to make an affordable mortgage payment, and willingness to partner with Habitat. 

“We held an informational meeting in August of 2012 to find a Morenci partner family,” said Amy Clough Baker, Family Services Coordinator for HFHLC, “so this project has been in the works for a long time.  We’ve finally found the right house and have ready homebuyers, so we can’t wait to get started.”    

David Long and Amanda Winters will purchase the home for themselves and their five children. The couple has worked hard since making their decision to participate, Baker said. They attended financial classes and other related sessions for new homeowners, and they have already put in some “sweat equity” time at the property—a requirement for anyone purchasing a home through Habitat.

The house is located at 125 Oak St. in Morenci, across from Stephenson Park.

Although the house appears to be in fairly good condition, David Long read through the three-page list of repairs and updates Sunday afternoon, knowing that a lot of work is ahead before the family moves in next spring.

“I can’t wait to move,” he said.

“We are definitely looking for volunteers to help, either individuals or groups,” Baker said.

To volunteer or to inquire about making donations of cash or materials, call Habitat’s Cindy Frownfelder at 517/265-6157.

Some rehab work will get underway this year, said habitat executive director Lynne Punnett, but the prime volunteering time will start in January.