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Schuyler Habitat looks for first family, house

    SCHUYLER COUNTY—The Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity is slowly overcoming hurdles in the way of helping a family create a new home.
    Patty Butler, president of the Schuyler group, said they are looking for a family and the site of the first housing renovation. She explained the parent organization suggests having half of the minimum $50,000 required for a project before doing both of those steps. However, the Schuyler group only has about $5,000 saved up so far.
    Butler explained that when they ask businesses for donations to help fund the work, the companies ask what work they’ve done and who they are helping. She said they needed to put a face to what they are trying to do.
    Habitat for Humanity is not-for-profit, Christian organization that helps families build or renovate a new home. She said there is a committee looking into what lots or houses are available in Schuyler County, either for sale or by donation. Habitat for Humanity wants the first home to be one located where many people will see the work they are doing.
    Butler explained the families are those that can’t buy a house due to bad credit, but if selected have to pay a mortgage with a low interest loan. The cost of mortgage includes anything Habitat had to purchase for the project. She added the family has to contribute with the work done on the house. The work is also done by volunteers and members of the Habitat for Humanity.
    Butler added there are many members ready to get to work, even though the group isn’t at that stage yet. She explained the organization hopes to start work on a home in the spring of next year. Another committee is looking for families to apply for the program. Butler added the Schuyler group is working with the Yates County Habitat for Humanity, which has just finished its 12th home.
    The Schuyler branch has been trying to get organized and active for years. Butler said the group was originally formed about 10 years ago, but the movement fell apart because people in charge did not have the time needed. She said she and her husband had attended a meeting and decided to help. Butler added there were several other new members willing to work.
    The organization has been holding monthly meetings and various fundraisers. Butler said there are about 30 active members. In addition to finding funds, a house, and a family, Butler said the group is looking to more support from area churches.
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