The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


May 26, 2006

Home to be dedicated

By Tashia Lovell

It has taken approximately three months to complete and multiple hours of hard work, but Sunday one family will reap the rewards.

As one of several projects throughout the year, the Lions Club joined forces with Habitat for Humanity and others to build a home for a local family.

Lions Club member Roger Andrews said that 25 to 30 members of the club worked on the home, which was one of several projects they do throughout the year. Work began in February, he said, but they mostly worked on Saturdays.

The house, which will become home to single mother Teblo Garrison and her children, is approximately 1,200 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths. It is located on Brownsferry Road in Athens.

“They have to pay for the home,” Andrews said.

“They put in sweat equity,” he said. “Everything they (family and friends) could do, they did,” he said.

Aside from what time was served helping build the house, a monthly payment will also be required.

Habitat does not give people homes but rather sells them at a zero percent interest. The principle the family pays on the home in turn goes into paying for another habitat home. It’s families helping families.

People who get a Habitat home must be able to pay a mortgage.

Melissa Barton, with Habitat for Humanity, said that it would be at least another month before the family moves into the home.

The dedication will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the home located on Brownsferry Road. The dedication is open to the public.

According to statistics, during the past two years there were more than 28,000 households in Limestone County and nearly 70,000 people. The median income was $40,000 per year.

Statistics also reveal that 24 percent of the households in Limestone County make less than 50 percent of that median income — less than 7,000 households that bring in less than $20,000 a year.

Nationally, about 18-percent of households paid more than half of their income in rent — 5,000 households in Limestone County.

One-seventh of the county, nearly 4,000 households, were in need and do not receive government help. Ten to 15 percent got some kind of government assistance. More than 2,300 people who were living in inadequate housing in the county are children under the age of 18.

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