Program provides low-income housing

Sunday, June 1st 2008, 11:51 pm
By: News 9


Metro contractors donated their time this weekend to work on homes in Habitat for Humanity's newest subdivision.

As part of a construction "blitz" the group is building six homes this week in Hope Crossing. The agency helps low income families find affordable housing.

Kim Hunt and her young son will be among the homeowners in the subdivision near NE 83 and Kelley Avenue.

"We are very excited, we get to moving in this coming up month, and this will be our first home that I've ever owned," Hunt said. "It's a brand new home, it's not going to fall apart, or have any major issues for a very long time."

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity has constructed more than 465 homes since 1990, said Ann Felton, chairman and chief executive officer.

"What we find with most of our limited income families, they're perfectly capable of making their house payment and maintaining their property," Felton said. "What they just haven't been able to do is acquire that money for the down payment."

Homeowners are not charged a down payment. They pay monthly house payments that are based on 35 percent of their gross monthly income. Habitat for Humanity uses the mortgage payments to fund future construction projects, according to their web site.

Dan Ellis with Oklahoma City-based ClimateMaster said his company is making sure the home are energy efficient by adding by adding geo-thermal heating and air systems that cut down on energy usage.

"What we like about it is rather than just a onetime gift of helping somebody out, you're not only doing that, but they get the benefit year, after year over the next 20 or 30 years for the life of this system," Ellis said.