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Building homes, providing hope and making the community stronger
the stages of construction for Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw Countys 34th completed home are shown.

Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County completed construction on its 34th home in the county last week and will begin working on its 35th home very soon. Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. The oroganization helps initiate partnerships between qualified families and community members, working together towards building a home.

The qualified families selected by Habitat for Humanity are working families, active in their community, who are looking to continue the American dream of owning their own home. The Kershaw County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International was chartered in 1992 to address the prevalent need for adequate housing and continued barriers of affordable housing in Kershaw County.

Homeowners are required to help build their homes as a part of the agreement to work "sweat equity hours." The partner families invest 200 hours of their own labor in the building process. The houses are sold to the family with a zero percent interest loan and their mortgage payments are used to help build other homes.

Partner families are selected based on need, ability to pay and their willingness to partner. All applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents and residents of Kershaw County for a minimum of one year. Each applicant family is evaluated carefully to determine their situation in relation to housing.

Some considerations taken into account are if the family lives in sub-standard conditions, an over-crowded home or a high-crime area. All applicants must have income and must be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity by completing sweat equity hours. Of these hours, at least 100 must be worked on the construction of their own home or another home being built by the organization.

Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County’s funding come through businesses, individuals, churches, the ReStore located in downtown Camden and a golf tournament sponsored in October.

The ReStore is a retail store that sells donated, gently-used items such as furniture, house wares, appliances and building materials. Donations are tax deductible and free pick up is offered to all Kershaw County residents who would like to donate.

Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County Charlotte Rankin said, "Where we need community support is in our ReStore, with donating items, or volunteering to work in the store. We also need volunteers for our committees, to help with social media and we’re looking for hole sponsors, corporate sponsors and players for the golf tournament."

Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County will celebrate World Habitat Day on Monday with activities planned throughout the week. The 10th annual Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament in memory of Max Wood will be held at the Camden Country Club at 1 p.m. on Thursday. For more information, call 432-4333 or visit the website at kershawhabi

(This information provided by Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County)