STATEHOUSE (March 9, 2017) – Indiana lawmakers teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Indiana Wednesday to formally kick off the General Assembly’s first-ever home build on Statehouse grounds, according to State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville).
Saunders joined fellow members of the Indiana General Assembly, staff and Habitat officials as they worked throughout the day to build the wall panels of a house. The home recipient is a single mother from Indianapolis.
“The opportunity to build a house that will go to a hardworking, Hoosier family was a real pleasure,” Saunders said. “The work Habitat For Humanity does for so many deserving families across the country is truly amazing and I’m thankful we were able to have a small part in it through this project.”
Legislators also announced the results of their fundraising and tool drive efforts. In all, funds raised topped $50,500 – far surpassing the initial $30,000 goal to pay for materials and costs of the home’s wall panels. Donations raised beyond the goal will help provide training and support for Habitat’s affiliates in Indiana. Legislators and Statehouse staff also donated about $3,500 in new and used tools.
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 completed the construction of the wall panels Wednesday. The panels were then transported to a home site on the west side of Indianapolis. The completed home will be about 1,200 sq. ft. with three bedrooms and one full bath.
“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.
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.
State Rep. Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54, which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties.
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