McPherson Area Habitat for Humanity's Fred Bohnenblust came to the McPherson City Commission meeting on Monday to update the Commission on the projects that Habitat is doing in McPherson.
Bohnenblust said, "We are getting ready to put a basement in down here at 319 South Oak. All of our funds that we raise to do this are raised locally. We get no money from Habitat for Humanity International. We get their good name and ability to raise money. We get no government monies. Of course, as you know, the cost of the house then becomes the homeowner's mortgage, on which we have a zero interest loan." The homeowner then pays back the cost of the house over the next 25 years.
Bohnenblust added, "We have selected two more families, the first will go in here at 319 South Oak. Farmer's Alliance is helping us out with a nice gift to help with that. And then, we have also purchased 411 North Oak, which we tore down, and we've contracted with McPherson High School and given them our plans to build their 2014 house, which will then be moved over there." Habitat is also clearing the lot at 520 South Ash with City assistance for a future project.
The City Commission waived all permit fees for the 319 South Oak project at Monday's meeting. If you'd like more information on McPherson Area Habitat for Humanity, you can go to their website at www.mcphersonhabitat.org.