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News Community Habitat for Humanity returns to Jackson

The Macon County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity (HFH) International is now Habitat for Humanity Macon/Jackson. At the request of HFH International, the Macon County affiliate has assumed responsibility for restoring operations in Jackson County. Full transfer of the Jackson County assets and responsibilities occurred on Oct. 5.

In restoring Habitat operations in Jackson County, the merged organization has taken responsibility for the seven Habitat houses that were built there. “We’re using the same business model that was developed by International in that Habitat Macon/Jackson holds the mortgage for the homes and the mortgage payments from current homeowners feed into a revolving fund that allows us to build more homes” said Rick Westerman, executive director of the new organization.

In addition to new home construction, HFH Macon has responded to an additional need in the community by conducting housing rehabilitation work for handicapped homeowners who have encountered financial challenges. This work has mostly focused on helping the physically handicapped and disabled by building wheel chair ramps and making modifications to improve access. This work is funded by grants and donations, but has benefited greatly through a team relationship with Macon County.

“We feel that we can provide a significant and immediate benefit through the rehabilitation work at a modest cost using our group of skilled volunteers,” said Pete Drevas, Outreach Director.

“Our first priority is to get integrated with, and understand the needs of, Jackson County,” said Westerman. “A high priority is the reopening of the Habitat Re-Sale store in Jackson County and we hope to have that accomplished by late spring. We’re already accepting donations from the area and doing pick-ups on Thursdays and Fridays. Donations are currently sold through the Re-Sale store in Franklin until we open the new facility.”

Pick-up of donations of household items and construction materials can be scheduled by calling (828)524-5273.

To volunteer for HFH Macon/Jackson activities, call Pete Drevas, Outreach Director at (828)369-3716. Tax deductible cash donations may be sent to Habitat for Humanity, Macon/Jackson, PO Box 1585, Franklin, NC 28744 or at www.maconcountyhabitat.org.


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