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Mitchell Regional Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on home number seven

Mitchell Regional Habitat for Humanity broke ground Wednesday on its seventh house built from the ground up aimed at providing affordable housing to a family.

Executive director Deb Asmus says Jean Hale is raising her three granddaughters. “We’re looking forward to working side by side with her,” said Asmus. “To help build a home that they can be safe and protected and that they can afford.”

There are stringent income and “sweat equity” requirements for families in the Habitat for Humanity program. Asmus says they’re looking for families who earn too much to qualify for subsidized housing yet not enough to afford for a conventional mortgage.

She says helping build the home allows the family to gain skills needed to maintain it in the future. The 30 year mortgage through Habitat for Humanity is interest-free. Asmus says it usually takes between twelve and eighteen months to complete the project depending on weather and volunteer availability.