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Habitat for Humanity searching for family to occupy new home

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CARBONDALE -- The local Habitat for Humanity hopes to begin laying the foundation on a new Carbondale home this fall.

Jackson-Union Habitat for Humanity President Jamie Perryman says the organization tries to build one house each fall, but they can't start construction without first choosing a family.

"We would like to have somebody that's got some roots in the community. This is a 20-year mortgage. This isn't just giving away a free house. This is something that they're going to need to be dedicated to as well," said Perryman.

The family chosen is required to work on the house, putting in what's called "sweat equity" hours.

Perryman says Habitat is made up of volunteers who work together with homeowners from beginning to end, working most Saturdays.

"It's very important for the folks that are receiving the home to know and appreciate and be able to be involved in the process as well," he said.

The house in Carbondale will be the 32nd home built by this Habitat branch.

To learn more on how you can apply, click here or call (618) 457-8480.

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