Habitat for Humanity dedication ceremony June 8

Staff Report

Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity (RAHFH) and Harlem School District 122 will celebrate the completion of the home built mainly by students from Harlem’s Building Trades Class. The dedication will be at 4 p.m., Sunday, June 8, at 219 Greenview Ave., Machesney Park, Ill., and attendees will be able to tour the newly built home.

The dedication ceremony will include comments from Habitat and school officials, a home blessing, an opportunity for the new home buyers to thank volunteers and sponsors, a home tour and turning over of the keys. The closing for the home will be the following Friday, June 13. The homebuyer will receive a 21-year loan to pay back Habitat for the cost of the build.

In 25 years, RAHFH has partnered with more than 480 adults and children to buy homes. To date, 85 percent of the 104 houses are occupied by the original home buyer, and the average mortgage payment is $490 a month. All homes are built by volunteers, including the future home buyer, and sold to qualified families for the cost of construction. Each family receives a zero-interest loan from Habitat for Humanity, with a mortgage payment based on their monthly income. Many home loans are scheduled to be paid off in approximately 20 years.

RAHFH is a nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian housing organization that builds simple, decent and affordable homes with low-income families through partnerships with the community. The organization has been serving Winnebago County since 1988. For more information, visit rockfordhabitat.org.

From the June 4-10, 2014, issue

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