Habitat begins work on new Elkton home
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ELKTON — Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna is starting construction on a home at Maffitt Street, which Karen Blandford, executive director, said is the first of its kind for the faith- based nonprofit organization.
“Habitat normally holds the mortgage, which means we had to raise the money to build the house,” Blandford said at the groundbreaking ceremony held Friday.
Instead, the organization’s newest homeowner was offered a low- interest U. S. Department of Agriculture mortgage.
“We met at Dunkin’ Donuts and I said, ‘ Would you like to be our guinea pig?’” Blandford recalled.
The homeowner, a single mother of two, agreed.
Some $ 5 million dollars in such USDA loans is already in place in the area according to Stacey Slacum, loan specialist.
“We really value the partnership we have with Habitat for Humanity,” Slacum said. “It’s a partnership we like and hope to grow in the future.”
When complete, the new three bedroom home will fit right into the community of older homes on the quiet street.
“It’s going to be Victorian style,” Blandford said, adding a similar
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Karen Blandford, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, addresses the audience gathered Friday morning for the ceremonial groundbreaking of a new home on Maffitt Street in Elkton.