Q: Between 1996 and 2004, the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity has built 11 houses, how many are still owned and occupied by the families selected as partners for the homes?
A: Judy Berger, chairman of the PAHH public relations committee, said 10 of the houses are occupied by the program's partner families. "House No. 1 was built for M.J. Smith-Farrell. A situation arose that required a move to Iowa to take care of the family farm," Berger said. This happened a little more than two years after Smith-Farrell took possession of the home. She put it on the market when prices were not the best, Berger said, and the house did not sale. The PAHH board made arrangements to buy back the equity the owner had in the home and ownership was transferred back to the organization, she explained. The home was again put on the market and when it sold, the proceeds were used by PAHH to purchase property for additional homes.
"We hope our families will remain in the homes we build, but we realize there are sometimes extenuating circumstances," Berger said.
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