MOULTRIE -- For anyone interested in becoming owners of their own Habitat for Humanity home, their one and only chance for this year will be Tuesday, June 8.

On that date, Colquitt County Habitat for Humanity will host the annual Application Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Colquitt County High School cafeteria. Attendees must be at the cafeteria no later than 6:15; late arrivals will not be accepted into the meeting.

Because of the length of the meeting, Colquitt County Habitat for Humanity asks potential attendees not to bring children to the Application Fair. Applications only will be provided to participants who remain the full length of the fair.

The fair will provide an opportunity for persons interested in owning a Habitat house to learn about the steps required to qualify for a home and to get general information on Habitat for Humanity. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions to Habitat board and committee members.

As with all Habitat houses, applicants must be low-income, have a need for decent and safe housing, demonstrate an ability to make a monthly mortgage payment, have satisfactory credit and be willing to contribute sweat equity.

Family Selection Committee member Steven Lease stated that low income is defined using the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's guidelines for Colquitt County. Upper income limits for a family of four, for example, would be $35,750 per year.

A need for "safe and decent" housing is a result of living in a substandard house where there are structural, plumbing, electrical or mechanical problems that make it unsafe in which to dwell or a result of not having any house whatsoever and having to live with other family members or friends.

Lease emphasized that the Application Fair Tuesday will be the only time this year Habitat will consider people for Habitat homes.

Anyone wanting more information on the Application Fair can contact the Habitat Home Store at 890-8322.

Colquitt County Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is a nondenominational housing ministry seeking to work together with those in need to eliminate poverty housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

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