Zent: Indiana legislators build first-ever Habitat for Humanity home at Statehouse

Posted by: Devan Strebing & Shelby Seay  | Thursday, March 9, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 9, 2017) – State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Indiana and fellow lawmakers today to formally kick off the General Assembly’s first-ever home build on Statehouse grounds.

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.

“It was great having this organization working on the Statehouse lawn to better a Hoosier family’s life,” Zent said. “Habitat has done impressive work across the state of Indiana and it was rewarding for the General Assembly to partner with them to build this house.”

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 today. The panels will 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.

“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.”

Leckron said Habitat for Humanity builds over 210 homes annually across the state.

According to Zent, LaGrange County Habitat for Humanity has partnered with 28 families and completed 14 home repair projects. The Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Indiana, which serves families in Steuben County, was award the 2010 Indiana Small Affiliate of the Year award.

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.

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State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) represents House District 51, which

includes most of LaGrange and Steuben counties.

A high-resolution photo of Zent can be downloaded by clicking here.