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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Habitat for Humanity house to go up in Rolla

  • Plans are underway for a new house to built by Habitat for Humanity in the spring of 2014.
    Habitat for Humanity is an international organization that builds houses for low-income families.
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  • Plans are underway for a new house to built by Habitat for Humanity in the spring of 2014.
    Habitat for Humanity is an international organization that builds houses for low-income families.
    Currently the group is in the process of accepting applications from families who are in need of affordable housing.
    On Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m., Habitat for Humanity will host a workshop on the home application process at the Rolla Public Library.
    Once the family is selected, the family members then will get to choose a floor plan that will fit their needs. Habitat for Humanity pays the mortgage on the house, while the family makes a low-cost, no-interest payment to Habitat for Humanity each month.
    "Our houses are built by volunteers," said Bob Morrison who is the Phelps County Habitat for Humanity's treasurer.
    Morrison added that the selected homeowners are required to put in at least  250 hours of "sweat equity" in the construction of the house.
    The house that will go up in the spring will be the eighth Habitat for Humanity house built in Phelps County and the fourth in Rolla. Morrison said that the new house will be built on Maplewood Drive.
    In his 10-year tenure with Habitat for Humanity, Morrison has been most impressed with the work of the volunteers. When construction begins on a Saturday morning, it is not uncommon to see 30 to 60 volunteers show up to wield a hammer or a hand.
    "In the last house that we constructed here, we began at 8 a.m. and had the house completely framed out and a roof on it be 5 p.m.," he told the Daily News.
    One of his favorite stories is that of a soldier from Fort Leonard Wood who was from Nebraska and couldn't go home on the weekends. So, he spent his weekends putting in all the plumbing in the new house at no cost.
    "It is that kind of thing that happens all the time," said Morrison. "That is the reason we are able to build these houses."
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