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Habitat For Humanity Now Taking Applications
Local group making a difference
Habitat for Humanity’s newest home in Lincoln County was completed in November. Habitat is now taking applications for local homeownership.
(Photo Courtesy of Alex Scarborough)

Habitat for Humanity’s newest home in
Lincoln County was completed in
November. Habitat is now taking
applications for local homeownership.

(Photo Courtesy of Alex Scarborough)

Lincoln Herald Staff

LINCOLNTON, N.C.––Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County is making a big difference for local folks.

According to its homeowner services co-ordinator, Alex Scarborough, in the 25 years since the local branch of the international Habitat for Humanity organization was formed in Lincoln County, some 38 homes have sprung up to give a leg up to families.

Scarborough is the first point of contact for a family beginning the homeownership application process. She oversees Habitat’s local homeowner programs and helps guide approved and pending families through the entire process. Scarborough said that most residents of Habitat homes are single-parent families, and they fall within the required guidelines as established by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (or HUD).

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And as she revealed Monday, the local branch of Habitat is now accepting applications for those interested in becoming Habitat homeowners. The three requirements are pretty simple and straightforward. You must have a need for a decent, affordable home; have the ability to pay for one; and be willing to work in partnership with Habitat.

If you live in substandard housing; are faced with overcrowding; live in temporary or public housing; or you’re paying an unaffordable amount for housing, then you may qualify for Habitat’s homeownership program. You must be able to pay an affordable mortgage of 20 to 30 years and have a stable income.

What Habitat calls “sweat equity” is a big part of its program. You must complete a set number of sweat equity hours; attend financial and homebuyer education courses; help with the construction of your house and other such Habitat homes; complete installment payments toward required closing costs; and you must have worked in Lincoln County for the past year.

To learn more, check out the Website at and see the link for apps and qualifications. You may also call the Habitat office at (704) 748-1800.

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