2017-03-25 / News

Habitat ceremony Sunday

Potter County Habitat for Humanity is holding a ground-breaking ceremony for its next homebuilding project at the worksite on Thorn Street in Austin at 2 pm Sunday, March 26.

Ceremonies will be moved to the firehall in the event of inclement weather.

Habitat has reached an agreement with the Scott and Amanda Crumrine family to partner with the organization and eventually own and occupy the home, which will be built by volunteers. Construction is expected to begin in early April, according to Habitat spokesman Dick Myers, and more volunteers are welcome.

“We will need all kinds of labor to accomplish this,” Myers said. “This could range from carrying lumber, pounding nails, sawing boards, running electric wires, plumbing, installing drywall, and painting.”

The home has been more than two years in the making. In October 2014, Austin Borough Council agreed by a split vote to donate the former Gus Heneckes property at the corner of Thorn and Foster streets to Habitat, a private, non-profit agency.

Under the agreement, Habitat had five years to build a home on the lot for occupancy by an income-eligible individual or family. A 26’-by-40’ home is being planned.

Potter County Habitat does not have a large corps of volunteers, nor a deep treasury, but the organization has made steady progress in providing safe, affordable housing in many communities over the years.

Because the lot is vacant, the leaders foresee no obstacles in building the home. Once the ownership changes hands from Habitat, the property will go back on the tax rolls for the borough, school district and county.

Habitat also continues to operate its “Brush with Kindness” program. It’s geared to helping senior citizens, those with disabilities, and veterans who are financially or physically unable to repair their places of residence.

More details on the organization are available at 910-279-7412.

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