LAURINBURG — Habitat for Humanity of Scotland County plans to build its first home in Maxton and is looking for potential homeowners.
Chris Carpenter, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Scotland County, said the foundation of the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union is donating money to every county in North Carolina to help build a home.
“Any county that doesn’t have a Habitat for Humanity in their county had to have a neighboring county take up their home, and that’s what we’re doing,” Carpenter said. “We are building the first ever Habitat home in Robeson County in Maxton.”
Carpenter said that applicants will need to have lived in Robeson County for six months or work in Robeson for at least a year.
“If you live in Scotland County but work in Robeson County, you can still apply if you would like to live in Maxton,” Carpenter said.
He added that to be eligible the maximum annual salary for a family of five can be no more than $32,600.
A committee made of local volunteers — some current Habitat homeowners — make the determination of who gets to move in.
“There is misconception that we give homes away to people who have no income or very little income, but that is not the case,” Carpenter said. “They may also think they make too money money to apply, but we ask that people come in and sit down with us. We try to help families that can afford pay for a house and may have a need.”
To date, Habitat for Humanity of Scotland County has built 47 homes. Since 1976, the national organizations has built or repaired more than 1 million homes, serving more than 5 million people worldwide.
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry that works to build affordable houses for families in need. In the fall of 1991, a group of resident met at the Presbyterian Hut on Church Street to explore the possibility of forming a local Habitat organization.
In the spring of 1992, Habitat for Humanity of Scotland County received its franchise from Habitat for Humanity International and proceeded to build its first house.
Work on the Maxton home will begin at the end of September.
“Our goal is to put people in a safe, decent and affordable home,” Carpenter said.
The application period will run from through July 25. Applications can be picked up at the Habitat for Humanity of Scotland County office or the Habitat Restore, both located at 12340 McCall Road in Laurinburg. Office hours are 10 to a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Carpenter said he is also looking for volunteers and subcontractors who are willing to donate their time and services to help build the home. The nonprofit relies on volunteers and contributions to build homes, work in the ReStore, collect donations, and organize the annual Bike-to-Build fundraiser. Habitat accepts financial contributions, household and building items, cars, boats, land and even houses.
To inquire about the application process or to pledge to volunteer, call 910-276-3337.
Scott Witten can be reached at 910-506-3023.