Habitat has two summer projects
By ELISA SAND, Staff Reporter
Two local homeowners will benefit from Habitat for Humanity this summer.|
Gary Zay, executive director for East Central Habitat for Humanity, said the board has approved two projects through its Brush with Kindness/neighborhood revitalization program.
The first project is strictly a painting project for a widow in Madison.
The second project involves a kitchen and bathroom remodel in a home south of Wentworth. Zay said the goal is to make both rooms more accessible for the homeowner, a blind double amputee who is confined to a wheelchair.
Zay said the homeowner, who does not wish to have his name released, enjoys cooking. The project will involve gutting the kitchen and bathroom and replacing the appliances and cupboards with items that are more accessible for him.
Zay appeared before the Lake County Commission earlier this spring and asked the board to waive the building permit fee. Habitat projects within the city limits have been treated with the same courtesy, he said. The county board agreed to waive the fee.
Zay said the project is being supported through a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation, which has supported past projects. The grant requires a certain number of volunteer hours from Wells Fargo employees.
Through the Brush with Kindness program, income eligible homeowners can apply for assistance from Habitat to paint their homes.
With a remodel project, Zay said, homeowners must sign a promissory note that says Habitat will be paid back if the home is sold within a five-year period, and portions of the note will be forgiven over time.
Project volunteers and board members are always welcome and can e-mail habitat57042@@gmail.com or call 427-9906. Habitat has had an office on N. Egan Ave. that was co-located with Lakeview Realty. That space will soon be the new location for Urban Junk.
Zay said the Habitat office is currently located at his house.