ADRIAN — Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County is going to be breaking ground soon along a tree-lined property at 423 Spring St. in Adrian and it is searching for a veteran’s family to make it their home.
This is the first time the organization has done a veteran’s build, but it was something they wanted to do to reward a veteran for his or her service, Wendy Knox, executive director of Habitat, said.
“We just feel that there’s such a need in the community. Lenawee County has a huge veteran population. … Spring Street is a beautiful, tree-lined setting, and we just thought it would be a nice opportunity and a nice place for a veteran and his or her family to live,” Knox said.
Habitat bought the lot for $1 from the Lenawee County Land Bank, Knox said.
Habitat is currently accepting applications for the home. The application can be found on Habitat’s website at tinyurl.com/HabitatLenaweeVetBuild. Those applications can be filled out and emailed to homeowner services coordinator Alanna Cook at [email protected].
Those without a computer can call Habitat at 517-265-6157 or stop by the office at 1043 E. U.S. 223 to fill out an application. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 31.
There are some requirements, such as the veteran must be a first-time homeowner and he or she must meet income requirements, which are based on household size and are listed at the link above.
“We’re trying to get the word out. We’re looking for families that might be interested in the new home,” Knox said.
The house will have three bedrooms and two baths, Knox s
This home is very special. It will be the only new construction that will be happening for this fiscal year for Habitat, which started July 1.
“We’re hoping to break ground soon, and we would hope to have it completed probably by late spring, early summer of next year,” Knox said. “Right now, our focus is identifying the family. I anticipate that once we have the family identified then the local community will be stepping up to support that family.”
Knox said that a fundraising model could look like various veterans’ groups stepping up to the plate to support the family. Due to the cost of materials and labor, which have risen significantly over the past year, the organization is just building this one home this year, but it needs to break even so that it can build homes next year and the next. The proceeds from this house will help build the next Habitat house.