Building a Habitat

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Habitat for Humanity of Bay County is responsible for building homes for families in need of affordable housing.

Sunday, the group held a workshop for potential homeowners. The program outlined the qualifications and answered questions about getting more families into brand new homes.

Those who move into Habitat homes pay off a no interest, no profit mortgage of about $50,000 at about $300 a month, but prospective homeowners also have to agree to three to 500 "sweat hours" of volunteer work in the community.

Corinne Coleman, the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Bay County, says these workshops help potential homeowners decide whether they are ready for the work and effort it takes to get a new home.

"We like to say at Habitat that we're not just building homes, that we're building families, building lives and we're building a better community for everyone to live in."

For more information about volunteering for Habitat for Humanity or the application process, visit the website at