A bright blue sky and crisp autumn air lent a festive atmosphere to Sunday’s dedication ceremonies for the latest Payson Area Habitat for Humanity home.
PAHH volunteers, previous home recipients, friends and family joined Cindy Campbell and her children in their back yard for the ceremonies.
The Campbell’s four-bedroom, two-bath home is in Payson Ranchos near the Mustang Park. Cindy will share the home with her daughter, Christina, and sons, Jason, Ryan and Isaiah.
As part of the ceremonies, women from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presented each family member with a handmade quilt. A representative from the Payson area Gideons gave each of the children a pocket Bible and Campbell a family Bible.
As part of the “pounding” ritual, the family was given paper products, toiletries and nonperishable food. A “pounding” is the tradition of presenting a pound of something as a housewarming gift when visiting someone in their new home.
The 10th PAHH home will be built for Leah and Paul Leneberg and their sons, Stephen and Adam.
Currently PAHH is taking applications for its 11th home. The application period closes at midnight, Jan. 15.
To qualify for a Habitat house, you must:
- Have a housing need, your present housing is inadequate;
- Have lived in the Payson area for the last 12 months;
- Have a steady income that meets certain qualifications based on family size;
- Have a good credit rating and the ability to make regular monthly no-interest mortgage payments;
- Grant permission for a home visit by family selection committee members;
- Be willing to volunteer between 300 to 500 hours of “sweat equity,” both in building your home and others, and in performing other PAHH volunteer work;
- Be able to pay closing costs of $1,300 when your house is transferred to you.
For information, call 474-0330.
To help PAHH in its efforts to provide quality, affordable housing to local residents, tax-deductible contributions can be made to Payson Area Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1131, Payson, AZ 85547-1131.