Habitat for Humanity seeks two families for homes

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Many families have received assistance from Habitat for Humanity of Osceola County, and now the organization is seeking two more for properties near Rose Lake and Lake Miramichi.

The houses each have three bedrooms, one bathroom and a three-car garage. The Lake Miramichi home has a full unfinished basement, while the Rose Lake home has a partial basement. The two homes were donated by Wells Fargo Bank and are in the works for rehabilitation.

"It was nice for us to get the donation from Wells Fargo," said Ronald SanCartier, Osceola County Habitat president. "It's quicker to rehab a house than build one."

Applicants must currently be living in Osceola County and meet three criteria.

SanCartier said families must have a need for adequate housing, must have an income and the ability to pay for the home, and they must be willing to spend 100 hours volunteering with Habitat on their own home and 150 hours volunteering on other Habitat projects.

The families will be placed in the home best suited for their needs, and renovation will begin once families are chosen. Since both homes have been vacant for a long period of time, SanCartier said he expects both homes to have a refurbished bathroom, receive new carpet, windows and siding, and have a fresh coat of paint on the walls.

"A lot of people are living in places unsuitable for living," he added. "It's nice to get them into a place they can afford that's fixed up."

To apply for assistance or for volunteer opportunities, call (231) 832-8453.