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Volunteers build Habitat houses

September 14, 2007

Habitat for Humanity of Washington County has built 24 homes since the local chapter was started in 1994.

Homes 25 and 26 were in the works, said Sherry Brown Cooper, the organization's executive director.

She said Habitat volunteers donate their time to help build homes for people with limited incomes. Families must meet certain income requirements to be eligible for a home.

A family of four, for example, must make at least $19,250 per year, but no more than $38,500, she said.

A misconception is that the homes are given away, Brown Cooper said. The homes are sold interest free, while the volunteers help save labor costs to make the homes more affordable to own.

Brown Cooper credited the organization's 600 or so volunteers for stepping forward to help.

Construction volunteers must fill out applications, sign liability forms and receive other information, so they can't just show up at a site and go to work, she said.

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Those interested in helping with construction or home ownership may call 301-791-9009 or send an e-mail to habitatsharon@att.net.

Habitat for Humanity is at 20 S. Prospect St. in Hagerstown.

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