Habi­tat be­gins work on new Elk­ton home

Vol­un­teers needed, no ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sary

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ ce­cil­whig. com

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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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

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.

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