The Cincinnati Enquirer had an article on our Thrivent Clermont Chapter build in the July 9, 2009 paper in the hometown section under New Richmond.
The same article is posted on the Enquirer website with the link immediately below (has pictures). I also pasted the text below for those that don't want to go to the website.
Great to see our build in the news with recognition of the volunteers, Thrivent and Habitat!
Gail Fuhrman is very excited about moving into her new house. "I love the kitchen," she said.
Her house is being built in New Richmond by a partnership of Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. A dedication ceremony took place June 20 to recognize the contributions of the many volunteers who helped on the project.
The three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath home on Market Street is mostly finished, but there is still a little work to do before Fuhrman and her two sons can move in.
Gates Moss, a project leader for Habitat/Thrivent, said the projected move-in date for the family is July 7.
Craig Fuhrman, 15, said he was "very excited to finally get my own room." The reaction of his older brother, Cody, 17, to the new house was simply "Wow."
Gail said the process of getting the new house began when she went to a Habitat for Humanity Web site looking for community service projects for her sons.
She noticed an application to become a Habitat homeowner and applied online. She qualified for the program and is now moving into the first home she has ever owned.
Before applying for the Habitat house she lived in an apartment. She works in the credit department at TQL in Eastgate, about a 15-minute commute from her new home, she said.
Moss said the Fuhrman house is unique because it is built in a floodplain. The 1,200-square-foot living quarters on the second floor had to be elevated off the ground. The first floor can be used as a garage and unfinished storage space.
He said the family will buy the home with a 20-year, no interest mortgage structured so the family only pays for the cost of materials, about $70,000. Habitat/Thrivent will hold a second mortgage based on the cost of labor. If the family stays in the house at least 15 years, the second mortgage will be torn up.
Moss said one of the hardest tasks of Habitat is finding qualified families. A potential owner has to have a job and has to be willing to help out on the project.
Shirley Marion, a Habitat volunteer, said a potential family also has to be living in substandard housing, which could simply mean a place with not enough room for the family.
Marion said a potential owner has to undergo home visits and meet with a selection committee before being chosen.
"It's important to get good families," she said.