Story last updated at 3:11 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2002

City donates lot for Habitat house
Habitat For Humanity, the nonprofit group that builds homes for people with limited income, got a significant boost Monday when the city donated a lot in the Meadowwood Subdivision off East End Road.

The Homer affiliate of the international agency had hoped to build its first home this year, said Habitat organizer Dan Boone. "That will be a real benefit to us this summer," he said.

Actually, the city offered Habitat its choice of two lots on Aspen Lane. Boone said his group hopes eventually to get both. "What we're hoping is that if we do a good enough job on the first lot, they'll give us the second for next year," he said.

This will be the agency's first house in Homer. Boone told the Homer City Council that Habitat will buy materials for the house but hopes to use mostly volunteer labor to build it, including sweat equity by the family or individual that agrees to buy it. The house is then sold at no profit and zero interest.

Boone said Habitat tries to keep the monthly payments, which include property taxes and insurance, to less than $500 a month. The target family, he said, will earn less than $26,000 a year.

Applications will be taken soon to choose the family, Boone said. While Habitat For Humanity is a Christian housing ministry that has built 100,000 homes around the world, recipients of its homes do not have to be Christian, he told the council.