Pahh Partners Get A Good Deal, Give Time And Energy

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The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is working on securing funds to build seven duplexes for 14 families at the intersection of McLane and Longhorn roads.

Wayne Donnay, public relations chairman for PAHH, said it owns the land, and has been successful in getting a grant so it can begin construction on the infrastructure.

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One of the most labor-intensive parts of building a Payson Habitat for Humanity home is setting the trusses for the roof. It requires the use of a crane and some nimble volunteers who aren't afraid of perching at precarious heights.

He said PAHH currently does not have the funds to do the work.

"This (project) will keep us busy for years," he said, adding PAHH is interviewing for homeowners.

"We do not start a home until we know who is moving in there," Donnay said.

He said PAHH has the flexibility to build a home to meet the needs of the person who will be living there. He added the home can be anywhere from one to three bedrooms.

Donnay said the duplex development is going to be called the Longhorn Project.

"What makes it so desirable is (homeowners) can get it for so cheap," he said, mentioning the labor to build the duplexes would be free to the applicants.

Additionally, the mortgage would be carried by Habitat for Humanity.

Once an applicant is selected and moves into one of the PAHH homes, they are required to help the nonprofit agency in some way, such as assisting in the construction of another home.

Sweat equity is the down payment invested by each partner that PAHH selects.

Donnay said the homes and duplexes are for families that would not be able to afford to buy a home otherwise.

"Definitely they get a good deal," he said.

He added that there is a way for people who are older than 70, with IRAs and who get a home from PAHH to not pay taxes on their savings.

If the money is given directly to PAHH to help pay for the mortgage, the applicant would not have to pay the tax.

The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity this past year dedicated its 13th home at 407 Tonto St.

To qualify for consideration for a PAHH home, the following criteria must be met:

  • Reside in substandard housing.
  • Have lived in the Payson High School attendance area for 12 months.
  • Have an acceptable background check.
  • Mortgage signers need a steady income that is within the range of $14,900 to $34,000, and with a total debt service that is no greater than 41 percent of gross income.
  • Have an acceptable credit rating.
  • Be able to make regular no-interest mortgage payments.

The PAHH is a nonprofit ecumenical Christian organization. It was formed in the summer of 1994 and became an accredited affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in July 1995.

The mission of PAHH is to provide decent affordable and healthy housing for low-to-moderate income Payson residents who are unable to obtain conventional financing for a home.

In its 10 years of existence, PAHH has completed 13 homes providing shelter for 59 individuals.

There are a variety of ways for residents, organizations, churches and businesses of the Rim Country to help PAHH continue its success.

Benefactors can Adopt-a-House, becoming a major sponsor with a donation of $30,000 or more.

An alternative is to Adopt-a-Room: providing a donation of $2,500 for the kitchen, $2,000 for the living room, $1,500 for one of the bedrooms or $1,000 for the bathroom.

Another option is to Adopt-an-Item, from ceiling fans to trusses. The suggested contributions for this program range from $50 to $3,000.

Volunteering time is another way to help PAHH.

For more information, call (928) 474-0330 Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

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