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Habitat dedicates 35th house
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Habitat for Humanity has completed its 35th home since its local inception. Pictured is owner Amy Foutch standing in front of her family’s new home constructed on Mountain Street. - photo by Nikki Childers

Habitat for Humanity recently completed and dedicated its 35th home, now belonging to McMinnville native Amy Foutch.

Foutch’s new home has three bedrooms and two baths, and will be home for her and her three teen children: Jada, Jerra and Jude. After almost two decades of renting, being chosen for a home through Habitat has been a blessing for her.

“We are all so excited about this house,” said Foutch. “I have rented for so many years, but I get to call this house mine and take comfort in knowing my money is going into something that my children will always have to come back to.”

All of the construction has been completed, but the home awaits appliances before it can be move-in ready. Supply issues impacting much of the country have caused appliances to be on backorder.

Gratitude and joy flow in equal measure for the Foutch family, especially as the move-in date inches closer.

“The first thing I’m doing once we’re in and settled is decorating,” said Foutch. “There’s no way I could have ever afforded a regular mortgage being a single mom, and I am so incredibly grateful for Habitat and all of the volunteers who helped make this possible for my family.”

Foutch herself is looking forward to move in, citing her bedroom as her favorite part. 

“I work from home and have a lot of computer screens that I need to do my work. In my current rental home, it is very cramped and all of the space will be a welcome change,” said Foutch. “I also can’t wait to start a garden in the back. Overall, I’m just so happy about the whole thing – having a home for me and my children is my favorite part of all.”

Habitat homes are not free and the homeowner does incur a 20- or 30-year mortgage. In order to qualify for a home through Habitat, applicants must live in Warren County for at least one full year, have a satisfactory rental history and reasonable credit history, steady income for one year, and express an acute need for housing due to sub-standard conditions. Additionally, the applicant must be willing to work through 500 “sweat equity” hours and contribute a small down payment.

The home itself is built through mostly volunteer labor with supplies and funding contributed to the nonprofit.

Although the process can be grueling, Foutch says it is an incredibly rewarding experience and highlights the abundance of good that exists in the Warren County community.

“The hardest part of it all wasn’t the volunteer work or anything like that,” explained Foutch. “I loved doing the volunteer hours and seeing the community come together for this project. The work I’ve done during this whole process has been very enjoyable, and I’ve gotten along well with all the people I’ve met through it.”

Those interested in applying for a house through Habitat for Humanity can begin the process on their website, www.hfhofwarrencounty.com.