Ceremony Planned For New Habitat Home

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Brush and weeds are falling under the blade to make way for Habitat for Humanity's 11th home in Payson.

The home will be built at 2100 N. Carrell Circle in the Payson Ranchos subdivision.

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Julie Hill and her children will be occupying the next home built by the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity. The home is being built in the Payson Ranchos area. The groundbreaking will be March 20.

Julie Hill and her two children were selected to partner with the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity and occupy the home.

Hill was selected last April and since that time has put in 74 hours of sweat equity helping with construction of Habitat's 10th house and assisting the organization with public relations and fund-raising projects.

She has to contribute a total of 300 hours.

"We're very excited. It's a blessing and an honor to get picked," Hill said. "I'm still in shock and it's been almost a year since I was selected."

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for 10 a.m., Saturday, March 20, at the property.

"Plans are drawn and awaiting some additional paperwork from Lumbermen's and Foxworth-Galbraith before being submitted to the community development department," Judy Berger, public relations chair for the PAHH, said.

She said the plans will probably be submitted March 1, after that there is a two-week period for review. It is anticipated the building permit will be issued in mid-March.

The process in which Hill and her family were selected involved a review of applicants by the PAHH Family Selection Committee, which includes about 18 people, plus a non-voting chairman.

When Hill was selected, 25 applications had been submitted.

There were 21 reviewed by the committee -- one applicant withdrew and three were eliminated because they exceeded the maximum income allowed.

Berger said housing applications are not currently being accepted, however there will be an open application period later this year.

"If someone is interested in applying, they may call the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity office at (928) 474-0330 and give their name and phone number," Berger said.

The information will be given to the chairman of the Family Selection Committee, who will make contact and get additional information through a short, confidential interview over the phone.

Those successfully interviewed will be placed on a list and notified once the application period is ready to open. At that time, the selection paperwork must be completed and returned to the committee.

For more information, call the PAHH office at (928) 474-0330, 9 a.m. to noon, Monday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday.

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