Habitat for Humanity accepting applications for new home in Coos Bay

Southern Oregon University students spent Saturday volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, building a house for a local family in Central Point. The house is being constructed for Joe and Christina Benton who will pay for the home with a Habitat for Humanity 0% loan. SOU students Lauren Fisher, Nacee Pandol, and Residential Hall Area Coordinator Andrea Sell enter the construction site. Photos by Heidi Spero

COOS COUNTY, Ore. - Habitat for Humanity is offering new housing for a family in need in Coos County, and they're now accepting applications for a three-bedroom manufactured home.

Qualified candidates need to meet certain income guidelines, and for a household of four, applicants have to make between $16,400 and $32,820 annually, and pay a mortgage that goes toward future habitat houses.

"Between 30 and 60 percent are median income," said Jennifer Shafer, the Operations Manager for Habitat for Humanity. "They have to contribute up to 500 hours of sweat-equity of either their home or another habitat projects. We know there's a severe housing shortage particularly for low income families. That's a big part of why we do what we do."

The house will be on Webster Avenue in Coos Bay and applications are being accepted through June 29th. If you have any questions, contact the Coos County Habitat for Humanity office at ?(541) 756-9080?.

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