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Habitat for Humanity of Horry County Seeking Land Acquisitions

Portland, Oregon(June 13, 2014)Andrew Mathe, an AmeriCorp volunteer, lays new sod. From May 28 to June 13, 2014, as part of Habitat for Humanity International’s effort to build 300 homes nationwide during Home Builders Blitz 2014, local builders Fish Construction NW, Neil Kelly, Noyes Development Co, Parr Lumber and Schumacher Custom Homes, constructed four homes in Southeast Portland alongside hundreds of professionals who donated their time, resources, expertise and building materials.©Habitat for Humanity/Ezra Millstein

Habitat Looks to Serve More Local Families by Increasing Year Over Year Capacity

As the need for decent, affordable housing continues to grow in Horry County, HFH of Horry County has a new need – land.

Vacant lots can be sold or donated to the organization, which typically builds around eight homes per year in Horry County. The organization has built close to 160 homes since inception in 1990.

Habitat for Humanity of Horry County builds homes in partnership with local families whose income falls between 35% and 80% of the area median income. Homes are constructed through volunteer labor as well as the requirement that the homeowner complete 300 hours of “sweat equity” – volunteering on the construction site, participating in financial literacy education and volunteering in the ReStore. Homeowners then make affordable mortgage payments to the organization, with 0% interest.

“We would like to maintain 30 to 35 empty lots in our inventory over the next five years,” says Jason Greene, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Horry County. “We are set to develop the remaining lots in our Hopes Crossing neighborhood in Conway, within the next 18 months.”

Access to land lies at the heart of providing safe, decent affordable housing to qualifying families. As Horry County continues to grow in popularity, acquiring land for the organization’s mission fulfillment becomes that much more important and necessary.

The organization recently celebrated two home dedications and is in the process of breaking ground on several more throughout the month of August. To continue partnering with local families and to increase year over year capacity, the organization is requesting to hear from locals who are aware of raw land for sale or donation.

Anyone interested in donating land or has land to sell at an affordable price, should call (843) 650-8815 ext. 8001 or email [email protected].

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