Applicants Still Being Reviewed for Habitat for Humanity Home

By Jolyn Johnston-Myers
April 27, 2016

Habitat for Humanity is getting ready to build its next home at 435 S. Oak in McPherson.

Fred Bohnenblust, a volunteer and board member with the organization, spoke Monday to the city commissioners, requesting a waiver for the building permit fees and reiterating what it is that the organization does for the community.

“Our mission is to help provide simple, affordable, decent homes, single-family residences for lower-income families in McPherson,” explained Bohnenblust.

“We're able to build an inexpensive house for a low-income family because we do it all primarily with volunteer labor,” he continued. “The cost of the house to the homeowner then is just the material cost of the house.”

Habitat for Humanity is currently in the process of selecting the local family who will not only eventually own this new home but will be helping to build it, too.

“We have a lot of applicants in,” said Bohnenblust. “And ultimately the family that is selected is required to put in at least 200 hours of their own 'sweat equity' into the house.

“They also have to put in a small down payment, and we make a 0% mortgage loan to them, so they become a home owner.”

This newest house will resemble the ranch-style home the organization previously built just one block north and will occupy a lot that was cleared to potentially hold two different houses.

The city commission did agree to waive the building permit fees and construction will soon begin.