CHAMPAIGN — Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County will kick off its summer building season Tuesday with four houses.
In all, the local organization is building 11 homes this year and remodeling five, says Executive Director Sheila Dodd.
That’s a boost over last year’s six home builds and one home remodel, she said.
So far this year, the local Habitat has built two of its 11 houses for the year. The four coming up include two in Champaign at 410 E. Beardsley Ave. and 1304 N. Walnut St. and two in Urbana at 714 E. Park St. and 1107 Hill St.
The Park Street house is an existing Habitat house where a family needed to relocate, and it’s being readied for the next owner, Dodd said.
Dodd says the need for these houses in the area and the public’s support for Habitat continues.
“There is a great demand for affordable housing, and between their generous donations to the (Habitat ReStore) store and the affiliate, we are going to be able to build more houses for families,” she said.
Some 25 percent of Champaign County’s population live below the poverty line, and more stringent ending requirements have made it more difficult for low-income families to secure home financing, Dodd said.
Houses are sold at no profit through Habitat to its partner families and financed with low-interest loans. Families are also required to put in at least 250 hours of labor on their own or other Habitat houses.