MOUNT VERNON — Habitat for Humanity of Knox County is all geared up to build a house at 14 Cottage Street in Mount Vernon, and excavation has begun. The house will have three bedrooms, two full baths, a basement and a one-car garage. The finished structure comes with all appliances, including washer and dryer. However, there is no family lined up to call it home.
Due to the economy, Habitat is having a hard time finding qualified applicants, said Habitat of Knox County president Linda Michaels.
Flawless credit is not required, but there are some guidelines that must be met. Knox County residents who have a steady source of income but are within the income parameters for a Habitat house may be qualified for a Habitat home.
Michaels said individuals/families are considered for a Habitat home if their present housing is not adequate and they are unable to obtain housing through conventional means. Inadequate housing could mean not enough bedrooms or problems with the current home such as faulty heating, water, electrical or sewage service systems.