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Callie On The Job: Habitat for Humanity

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HERRIN -- This week, Callie on the Job helped Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County build a house.

Hard work, time, materials and love make up the foundation of every home built by Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County. 

John Barnett, current board president for Habitat of Humanity of Williamson County, says,"It helps irradiate the substandard housing that's out there. It provides a clean place, a decent place for families to live to raise their children and to provide a good environment for their success."

Substandard housing can be defined as over crowded, living with relatives or unsafe structural conditions.

To qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home, you have to have more than just a need/ You also have to be willing to put in the work. All homeowners are required to put in 200 hours of sweat equity.

On top of the homeowner's work, the rest is volunteer based.

A misconception of Habitat for Humanity is that the homes are free. That is false.The houses are given to the home owners with a zero interest mortgage payback over 20 years. That mortgage is substantially lower than the value of the house but it does provide Habitat for Humanity with a small amount of money to continue building a program.

"What we provide homeowners is a hand up, not a hand out," said Barnett.

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