Sandtown group to rehabilitate 20 homes for poor

June 06, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Sandtown Habitat for Humanity kicked off a campaign yesterday to rehabilitate 20 homes for low-income families in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in the coming year. The week of July 18-22 has been set for a concentrated construction effort called "Building on Faith," which will bring together more than 500 volunteers from Sandtown and the metropolitan area.

Sandtown Habitat was begun in 1988. It is one of 1,000 local chapters of Habitat for Humanity International, an ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing for all.

Using volunteer labor, donated materials and 300 hours of "sweat equity" from each future homeowner, Habitat has restored 30 vacant homes in the Sandtown area. People who would not qualify for regular loans buy the homes with no-interest mortgages. House payments are reinvested in the community.

Two completed homes were dedicated yesterday, the latest in a drive to rehabilitate 100 homes in Sandtown-Winchester over several years.

For more information or to volunteer, call 669-3309.

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