State grant helps Habitat build homes

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity is the recipient of a "Coming Back Home" grant funded by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency and Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee.

The grant was established to meet the housing needs of the very low income, elderly and special needs citizens of Tennessee. In this program, current Habitat home owners participate in the process of building their neighbors' homes.

Rosemary Sales and her grandson Cory will soon move into a home on Nutmeg Drive in Shelbyville. Sales has put in over 350 hours of sweat equity, has saved $750 for a down payment and will receive a zero percent interest mortgage. The house is sponsored by the Wal-Mart Distribution Center and Tile Unlimited. Lowes donated the cabinets for the kitchen.

Renee Brown is one of the current Habitat homeowners who have worked on building the Sales' new home.

"Renee provided a meal for our volunteers one Saturday, and her family is signed up to clean the home after the construction is finished," said Pam Birtcil, executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity. "Other homeowners have worked and will help serve at the dedication on Sept. 17."

Those interested in sponsoring a home, building a home or applying for the local Habitat program should visit the office at 109 Noblitt St., or call 684-4300.