BULLHEAD CITY — Bullhead Regional Habitat for Humanity is searching for an area family to help in becoming homeowners.

Poeple interested in being considered are asked to attend an outreach meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Family Life Center of City Bible Church, 922 Marina Blvd., in Bullhead City.

Rich Tempelman, president of the area Habitat, said the meeting allows people interested in obtaining a home to find out whether it’s potentially right for them.

“The meeting will explain the Habitat partnership,” he said.

It will include a PowerPoint presentation about the ecumenical Christian housing ministry and what’s required of those chosen to become partners with the organization in achieving home ownership.

The organization adheres to federal regulations pertaining to housing discrimination.

Tempelman said there is a thorough vetting process to ensure the qualifying family not only is able to pay the interest-free mortgage but willing to invest 500 hours in “sweat equity.”

The organization’s description of sweat equity includes not only physical labor to help complete the future home but assistance at other Habitat construction sites. It also can be time spent in a workshop about home ownership or volunteering for Habitat.

A down payment on the home is required. There are visits to the applicant’s current home as well.

Good credit and a steady income between 30 percent and 65 percent of the median are also required. Need for the family to be lifted out of substandard housing conditions also must be demonstrated.

People wanting to start the process can fill out an application at the end of the meeting.

Though Bullhead City is considered the most affordable place to live in Arizona and housing sales have returned to levels not seen since the Great Recession, affordable home and apartment rentals are hard to come by, according to previous reports.

This will be the third home constructed by the area Habitat organization, which began operating in the Bullhead City area in 2005. Habitat built a home in Bullhead City in 2007 and in Fort Mohave in 2012.

The plan to build this third home was announced in late 2017. Funds to move forward with the project weren’t available until this point, Tempelman said.

To learn more about the area Habitat, including how to donate money or building materials as well as to volunteer, go to www.habitatofbullheadcity.org.


Originally published on March 28 at http://www.mohavedailynews.com | Written by Terry Harbor