Habitat For Humanity Workshop Shows Need and Interest in Low Income Housing

Saturday mornings Habitat for Humanity workshop had a record number of people showing Lubbock needs more low income housing.

By: Meredith Hillgartner

LUBBOCK, TX-The Lubbock Habitat for Humanity had their hands full Saturday at their first homeowner workshop of the year.

“We talk to interested individuals on how you become a habitat homeowner,” Marie Hanza said.

Executive Director Marie Hanza said the big crowd is a good and bad sign for Lubbock.

“It shows there is a need and an interest in the program,” Hanza said.

Right now, Hanza said they are looking for applicants to build houses in their subdivision near Avenue U and Duke.

But it is not just a volunteer program for the needy, Hanza said all applicants are required to put their own blood, sweat and tears into building their own home.

“They partner with habitat for the building of their home and so they are required to put in 500 hours of sweat equity,” Hanza said.  “They work along side our volunteers.”

Hanza said it takes about six to eight months to build each house because most of the work is done on the weekends.

While the houses are not mansions, folks do get to pick out certain touches like paint color and carpeting.

“Typically a house is about 1,250 square feet, depending on the size of the family,” Hanza said. “It can be different size bedrooms.”

And the help does not stop once the last nail is hammered.

“Once we finish the completion of that home we step out of the construction roll and into the mortgage lender roll,” Hanza said.

Right now, Hanza said Lubbock Habitat for Humanity is managing 98 mortgages.


Next meeting: April 26th at Byron Martin Technology Center from 9am-Noon

Please bring photo id. 

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