Habitat for Humanity Calls for Applicants in Elkton

Oct 12, 2021

The nonprofit Central Valley Habitat for Humanity returns to the Elkton area with a homeownership application event this Thursday.

On Thursday, October 14th from noon to 6 p.m., those interested in becoming a homeowner with the help of Central Valley Habitat for Humanity can stop by the Elkton Area Community Center to start an application.

KIRSTEN PITTMAN: We have built there in the past. We haven't built there recently, as there was a bit of a shortage on the lots that were available, because we acquire all of our land either through donation or through affordable lots that are made available to us. We have recently purchased a few lots in that area, and we know that it has been historically underserved because it is on the other side of the county.

Kirsten Pittman is their community outreach coordinator. The nonprofit builds homes with volunteer labor so they can afford to sell the finished houses to families on a 0% interest mortgage. Applicants are screened based on income level, residency in Harrisonburg or Rockingham County, financial stability, current housing conditions, and their willingness to put some "sweat equity" into construction.

PITTMAN: This is actually going to be our first time doing a one-day application event. We'll be doing it both here at our office in Bridgewater and at the Elkton Community Center … It's first come, first served, and we will go over the qualifications of the program with them and take them through phase one of the application, and it shouldn't take more than five minutes of their time.

She said applicants don't need to bring any paperwork, but should know the social security numbers of each person over 18 years of age in the household. For WMRA News, I'm Randi B. Hagi.