Habitat Still Taking Applications For Home


The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity has extended its deadline for applications for the 13th home it will build in the Rim country.

"We felt summer plans and obligations may have hampered the ability of some interested residents in returning an application by our July 31 deadline," said Judy Berger, a member of the PAHH board and its public relations committee.

The board has extended the application deadline to Aug.21. Those interested in applying need to talk with Tom Behl, chairman of the PAHH family selection committee.

Basic qualifications to participate as an applicant in the PAHH program are:

  • 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 those of others and in performing other PAHH volunteer work;
  • Be able to pay closing costs of $1,300 when your house is transferred to you.

PAHH members and homeowner Julie Hill are currently building the organization's 11th home in Payson. Located at 2100 North Carrell Circle in the Payson Ranchos subdivision, the home will be dedicated Sunday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. Those attending are encouraged to participate in the "pounding" tradition, by bringing a pound of non-perishable food or other household items as a gift for Hill and her children.

Parking at the site is limited, so shuttle service will be provided from the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, at the corner of Airport and McLane Roads, to the home.

Following close on the heels of the home dedication will be the annual PAHH Parking Lot Sale. Slated for 6:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, the sale will be in the west end of the Payson Village (Bashas') parking lot.

Donations can only be accepted the day of the sale between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. at the site. PAHH is seeking clean and working items, clothes, toys, books, dishes, etc.

In addition to these donations, the sale will feature construction materials that have been donated, but cannot be used with the designs for the PAHH homes.

For information about the sale and dedication, call the PAHH office, (928) 474-0330 or visit the website, paysonareahabitat.org.

To contact Behl regarding the application process for House 13, call (928) 474-2647.

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