Bee County Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications for housing from residents who meet the qualifications.
Through the generous donations of numerous local churches and individuals, and with the substantial financial support of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, Bee County Habitat for Humanity is in the process of preparing to build its first home before the end of 2013.
“Bee County Habitat for Humanity is excited to have the opportunity to partner with the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas,” said board member Rev. Clayton Elder. “We are looking forward to helping our first family to build its own home.”
The home site, donated by the Full Gospel Church, has been selected on the city’s northwest side, near R.A. Hall Elementary School.
Preliminary house plans have been drafted, surveyor’s drawings have been made and sewer/water access is being confirmed. Plans tentatively are being made to begin construction next June.
Attorney George “Trace” Morrill’s office, 309 N. Washington St., is serving as the main location for all Beeville application questions, pickups and submittals.
The forms also are available at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, First United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Faith Lutheran Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Beeville Publishing Co.
They can be completed and mailed to Bee County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 4333, Beeville, TX 78102.
In addition to accepting applications for housing, the board is eager to enlist local volunteers, both inexperienced laypersons and skilled tradespeople, to perform all aspects of new home construction. They will work with other local volunteers and the family who will live in the home.
The family that Bee County Habitat for Humanity partners with will have to repay the costs of building their home, providing a certain amount of sweat equity prior to and during construction.
Persons may be eligible for a Habitat home if they meet guidelines regarding need (family income), ability to pay and a willingness to partner.
Pastor Don Taylor, organization president, said, “Bee County Habitat for Humanity was organized in 2009. We are happy to have moved to a place when we can build our first home. Although we have completed two ‘Brush with Kindness’ projects in our early years, we are excited to work with a Bee County family to help them own their own home.
“Future builds will be dependent on financial support from our communities and county. Donations can be made to Bee County Habitat for Humanity at P.O. Box 4333, Beeville, TX 78102.”
“We are actively seeking that special first homeowner,” Habitat officials said. “Is it you? We’ll never know if you don’t apply.”