By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support local journalism.
Elected officials asked to lend hand at Habitat
Placeholder Image

All elected officials in Warren County are being asked to lend a helping hand in the next Habitat for Humanity house being constructed on Fair Street.
Commissioner Blaine Wilcher is asking for assistance on May 30 to finish the organization’s next home.
“This is not political,” said Wilcher. “This is an opportunity to do something positive with a lasting effect. I plan on having a crew of Republicans, Democrats, independents, friends, and relatives working together.”
Wilcher has been volunteering with Warren County Habitat for Humanity since last year and this is his third house.
“I have always wanted to help with the Habitat organization, but I didn’t know how,” said Wilcher. “If anyone wants to help and can, call me at 931-743-2461. We usually start around 7:30 a.m. with a devotional. Then, we work until lunch, which is provided, and finish around 4 p.m. or so.”
Official won’t be cutting boards, driving nails or laying asphalt shingles. The day will be dedicated to something a little less strenuous, such as setting appliances in place, hanging curtain rods, etc.
Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)3 charity which puts to use the skills of volunteers to build homes for needy families. The homes are not free. Habitat homeowners must pay back the material cost of the home without interest over 20-25 years. Monthly payments average approximately $292, which includes payment against the principal, taxes, and home insurance.
Habitat homes average 1,000 square feet for a three-bedroom home and 1,100 square feet for a four-bedroom home. All homes have two full bathrooms. There are several different Habitat home floor plans available including a handicap-accessible home with wheel chair ramps.
To be a candidate for a Habitat for Humanity home, an applying family must qualify under the following criteria:
• Commit to paying $900 before receiving a home to cover filing fees, first year’s insurance, etc.
• Have lived in Warren County for at least one year.
• Have a satisfactory rental history.
• Have a reasonable credit history.
• Have steady income for at least one year.
• Demonstrate a need for housing.
• Commit to 500 “sweat equity” hours – building their home and others.
• Commit to 120 training hours covering budgeting, home care, insurance, etc.
• Have a yearly gross income between $8,167 and $19,200.
• Max income for a family of five is $29,500.
For more information on Warren County Habitat for Humanity, visit or call 668-6166.