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Community Impact: Home for a Hero

It’s hard to see the silver lining in a devastating home fire. Through Habitat for Humanity of Hall County, one family’s loss has become home for another. The Gainesville Hunter family tragically lost their home to a fire in 2014. They decided to rebuild somewhere new, but wanted a family to benefit from their loss. They donated their property to Habitat for Humanity so a home would be built for a hero: a disabled veteran and family.

The Jackson EMC Foundation granted $15,000 to help support the construction of the Home for a Hero build. The donation will be used for HVAC, electrical wiring, cabinets, flooring and lighting.

Each home costs around $80,000 to build, a cost that remains low due to the hours of volunteer labor, donated materials and in-kind gifts given to the projects. Around 120 volunteers build a Habitat home.

Every Habitat homeowner pays for their home. All homes through Habitat Hall County are financed for a zero percent 20-year loan. The homeowner will pay a modest down payment, complete a 10-hour financial education program and volunteer over 300 hours in sweat equity as part of the Habitat program.

Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has helped more than four million people build, rehabilitate or preserve homes. Habitat for Humanity of Hall County partners with working families, sponsors and communities to build affordable, green, quality homes. Offering a “hand up, not a hand out,” to date Hall County Habitat has built or revitalized 48 homes.