Habitat Makes Plans For 14 Townhomes

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The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is extending the application deadline for its next project. Originally, the deadline was July 31. It is now Dec. 31.

The next project will be the 14th home PAHH has built in the area.

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Conceptual drawing of a possible townhouse complex planned by Payson Area Habitat for Humanity on Longhorn Road.

"The applications to the family selection committee are only good for one year," said Lois English, the committee's chair. "People who have applied in the past will need to apply again during the rest of 2006 to be considered for a 2007 project."

She said new applications are needed because family circumstances change in regard to family size and income.

The primary reason PAHH is extending the application deadline for its first 2007 project is to see if a grant request to the Arizona Department of Housing is successful. English said they should know the outcome of the request in January.

Success with the grant will allow PAHH to construct the infrastructure for the development it plans for its property on Longhorn Road. Without the grant it will be necessary for PAHH to intensify its fund-raising efforts.

A townhome complex is the tentative plan for the property.

"We hope to build 14 units," English said. It will be a mix of two- and three-bedroom units, with some being handicap accessible.

PAHH's mission is to provide decent, affordable and healthy housing for those living in inadequate or substandard conditions, and whose incomes do not qualify for conventional financing. Among the basic qualifications are:

  • Reside in substandard housing
  • Lived in the Payson High School attendance area for 12 months
  • Have a steady income between $14,900 to $34,000
  • Have an acceptable credit rating
  • Have an acceptable background check
  • Grant permission for a current home visit
  • Be willing to contribute 300 to 500 hours of "sweat equity"
  • Be able to pay move-in costs of $2,200
  • Have a family size suitable for either a 2- or 3-bedroom house

For details on how to apply to the PAHH family selection committee, call (928) 474-0330 or (928) 468-8512.

PAHH is always in need of volunteers, English said. People are needed to do office work, help on the family selection committee, do construction, and present the group's Half Marathon Oct. 28.

People can help PAHH through its "adopt-a-house" program, whether by making a contribution of $30,000 for a whole house or $1,000 to $2,500 for a room in a home or contributing $50 to $3,000 for an individual item in the home's construction.

-- To reach Teresa McQuerrey call 474-5251 ext. 113 or e-mail tmcquerrey@payson.com.

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