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Habitat acquires 11 properties for new homes in Elkhart County

Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County will begin construction on new homes in 2014.

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — The local Habitat for Humanity chapter has scored 11 pieces of land to build new homes in Elkhart County.

The county commissioners removed a group of properties from its certificate sale list Monday, April 22, and handed them over to Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit group that uses volunteers to construct new homes for families.

“We’re always looking for land,” said Tom McArthur, executive director for Elkhart County’s Habitat chapter. “These lots all had good locations in decent neighborhoods.”

Construction on some of the lots will begin in 2014, McArthur said in a note to the commissioners, adding that the organization expects to build on all 11 properties within the next 36 months.

Habitat for Humanity sells homes built by volunteers to partner families who pay their mortgage payments to the organization. The payments include escrow amounts for property taxes and insurance. Recent homes built by Habitat volunteers have been assessed on average for $95,000 with annual property taxes estimated at $950 per house, according to McArthur. Habitat for Humanity constructs between eight and 11 houses in Elkhart County per year.

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