Davisson: Offer a helping hand this holiday season

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Monday, December 5, 2016

House and Senate lawmakers are teaming up to support Habitat for Humanity of Indiana to raise awareness about the need for affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity is one of many non-for-profit organizations in Indiana dedicated to helping Hoosiers in need. As we celebrate this holiday season, please remember those who are less fortunate and consider offering a helping hand to those who need it most.

Habitat for Humanity of Indiana serves 75 counties throughout the state. In fact, they have extensions in Washington, Orange, Harrison and Jackson counties that have helped many local families. The organization sells homes with affordable, interest-free mortgages. To begin the application process, families must demonstrate their ability to pay a mortgage and manage their finances. Once a family is accepted into the program, they contribute sweat equity hours by working alongside Habitat volunteers. This means they must work on their own home and on the homes of other habitat homeowners. They also attend homebuyer education classes.

Homeowners and construction volunteers build under trained supervision and contribute thousands of hours of labor to further reduce home-building costs. Individuals, corporations, faith groups and others provide donations that make up the vital financial support needed to build these homes. The Indiana General Assembly will be joining Habitat in March to help construct wall panels for a future homeowner.

There are multiple ways to get involved with Habitat for Humanity of Indiana, including making a financial donation, volunteering to help with construction, and providing in-kind gifts or lunches at construction sites. For more information, visit www.habitatindiana.org.

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer with or donate to Habitat for Humanity, the Washington County office can be reached at 812-896-5141, the Orange County office at 812-723-3596, the Harrison County office at 812-267-1007, and the Jackson County office at 812-523-6450. On Habitat for Humanity’s website, you can also find the nearest office by entering your zip code. Feel free to reach out to my office at 317-232-9648 or at h73@iga.in.gov for more information.

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State Rep. Steve Davisson represents House District 73, which includes Washington

County and portions of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.

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