Officials from the Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity are continuing efforts of helping local families through community outreach.
In April 2017, the organization broke ground for a new home on West Johnson Street for the Davis Family of Clinton. It’s the first home built in Sampson County by the nonprofit organization, with the assistance of grant funding by the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation. The mission of Habitat for Humanity, the housing ministry is to provide affordable housing and improve neighborhoods.
Construction started in March and the foundation is complete. As of late July, some of the other steps include plumbing, pre-treatment for termites and the inspection is ready for framing and wall raising. Participants for the Habitat are selected based on the income of applicants who are able to make monthly payments. The family will also have to put in 300 hours of “Sweat Equity” to build their home. After it’s finished, Jeremy and Mandy Davis will live there with their four children. A completion date has not been set.
The SECU Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina (HHNC) formed a formal Memorandum of Agreement for an initiative to expand affordable housing through the state with the SECU Habitat Mountains to the Sea Challenge. The foundation’s challenge will provide investment up to $10 million for three years to build or renovate a home in each of North Carolina’s county. As of mid-July, 90 percent of projects are underway. By August, all building efforts will be underway or completed.
In addition to the home on West Johnson Street, community outreach has begun on establishing a language access plan for Spanish-speaking residents in Sampson County. The team from Habitat for Humanity will reach out to radio stations to engage faith community and potential applicants. They are also reaching out to Clinton and Sampson County officials for local interpreters.
For Sampson County, the organization plans to host other community events such as a Family Fun Day with faith-based organizations and business leaders.
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