Habitat for Humanity taking applications for home building

Recorder Staff
Thursday, June 01, 2017

GREENFIELD — If you’ve ever dreamed of building your own energy-efficient home but haven’t been able to get financing, a local nonprofit may be able to help.

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications to build an affordable, single-family home in Greenfield with a sale price of $139,000 or less. Eligible applicants will have incomes up to 70 percent of area median income, which is adjusted for family size.

Those interested in submitting an application are invited to attend information sessions on Tuesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, June, 10 at 10 a.m. at the Greenfield Public Library.

The two-bedroom zero net energy home will be built on Smith Street. Thanks to local company PV Squared, the house will have solar panels. Franklin County Technical High School will contribute help from several trades and Austin Design of Colrain has donated its architectural services.

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity has built affordable homes for 37 low-income families in Hampshire and Franklin counties since 1989. The organization uses volunteer labor and donations of material, supplies, land and services, and enters into a partnership with families at the onset of homebuilding.

Future homeowners contribute 250 hours of labor during construction of their home with volunteers from the community. Upon completion, it is sold to the family with an affordable mortgage. All mortgage funds received are then reinvested to build more homes.