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Habitat plans 20-home subdivision

December 09, 1997

Habitat plans 20-home subdivision

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer

WILLIAMSPORT - Local Habitat for Humanity officials said they are considering developing a "Habitat subdivision" on property off Sunset Avenue near Williamsport High School.

The organization would like to build 20 houses for low-income people in the area to commemorate the year 2000, said Mike Dreisbach, who proposed the idea to the Williamsport Town Council Monday night.

"If we don't build it in Williamsport, we are going to build it somewhere," said Dreisbach.

Dreisbach could not say how big the property is, but it is for sale. It is near an Allegheny Power substation, officials said.

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Dreisbach said the town could consider applying for federal Housing and Urban Development money to pay for extending utilities such as water and sewer to the development.

Council members did not say anything about the idea. Mayor John Slayman declined to comment on the proposal, but said there could be support for it.

Habitat for Humanity is an international, Christian-based organization that provides housing for low-income people. Volunteers, along with the purchasers of the home, pitch in to help build the houses. The low-cost home is purchased by the buyers free of interest, said Jan Russell, president of Habitat for Humanity of Washington County.

The organization often is associated with former President Jimmy Carter, who is a volunteer.

Habitat for Humanity has built five homes in Hagerstown, and the city obtained funding to help pay for property on which to build the homes, officials said.

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