STATEHOUSE (March 8, 2017) – State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) today teamed up with fellow legislators and Habitat for Humanity of Indiana to formally kick off the General Assembly’s first-ever home build on Statehouse grounds.
“It was wonderful to work on a project where we could see immediate results,” Olthoff said. “Partnering with Habitat and all the volunteers was rewarding. This is a great organization making positive impacts on Hoosier families. I encourage others to volunteer, even if they don’t know anything about construction. These professionals can help anyone get involved.”
In January, the Indiana General Assembly announced this unique partnership and their plans to raise the walls of a home for a low-income family and generate awareness of the need for affordable housing. More than 160 volunteers including Statehouse staff and about 60 legislators are set to complete the construction of the wall panels today. The panels will then be transported to a home site in Indianapolis located near Eli Lilly. The completed home will be about 1,200 sq. ft. with three bedrooms and one full bath.
Olthoff said the event donations topped $50,500 – far surpassing the initial $30,000 goal to pay for materials and costs of the home’s wall panels. Legislators and Statehouse staff also donated about $3,500 in new and used tools.
To volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana visit the website at nwi.habitat.org. More than 13,000 volunteer hours were donated to Habitat of Northwest Indiana in 2016.
“Habitat is so pleased to have this opportunity to bring our work to the Statehouse for our legislators to experience,” said Habitat for Humanity of Indiana State Director Gina Leckron. “In Indiana, Habitat has 59 affiliates serving 75 counties who have built homes for 5,200 Hoosier families since 1984. Legislators now join the ranks of our thousands of volunteers that make this work happen every day. We are grateful for the partnership with the Indiana General Assembly in fighting poverty housing in our great state.”
Habitat for Humanity of Indiana is a non-profit organization serving 75 counties. 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 and attend homebuyer education classes.
State Rep. Julie Olthoff represents House District 19,
which includes a portions of Lake and Porter counties.
A high-resolution photo of Olthoff can be downloaded by clicking here.
Note to editor: Below and attached is a photo of State Rep. Julie Olthoff participating in the home build at the Statehouse on Wednesday, March 8.