Habitat seeking 17th homeowner

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 3, 2004

Suffolk News-Herald

Habitat for Humanity is once again making it possible for someone to own their own home.

Fran Alwood, project director of the Suffolk Habitat for Humanity, said the organization is seeking prospective homeowners for its 17th new home. For anyone interesting in being consideredshould attend the Habitat for Humanity Orientation Meeting at 6 p.m., April 13, in East End Baptist Church at 523 E. Washington St.

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Alwood said applicants need to bring proof of income, including current W-2 forms and two current pay stubs.

Habitat is seeking a prospective homeowner following the razing of a vacant house that had been nothing more than an eyesore to Smith Street residents. The house was demolished March 30 to make way for a single-story, multi-bedroom house that will go to a person found to be qualified for the responsibility of home ownership.

The property on which the new home will stand was donated by local Attorney E Grier Ferguson and Charles B. Pond III of Nansemond Cold Storage. The excavation work was also donated by Larry Falldorf’s Excavator Services.

&uot;We donated the property because we realize that Habitat for Humanity is one organization that works to improve the lives of the people in Suffolk,&uot; said Pond. &uot;Mr. Ferguson and I would like to ask other local businesses and industries, as well as individuals who can, to get involved with Habitat for Humanity. Working together, we can make Suffolk a truly wonderful place to live and work.&uot;

This house marks the 17 by the Suffolk Habitat volunteers. Materials for the home will, like all Habitat homes, be donated as well as the many hours of labor donated by local citizens who lend their skills to making life better in Suffolk.

The Suffolk Habitat operates as an affiliate of the South Hampton Roads Habitat for Humanity Inc.

Anyone interested in learning more about the orientation meeting should call 625-1281, extension 24.