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A financial program offered by Habitat of St. Joseph County MI.  We help families understand what it takes to qualify for a mortgage.  Help those families began credit repair and become mortgage ready.  We also help them understand the mortgage and home buying process to buy a home off the commercial market.

Our Home Build Program brings the community together to help build a new house or rehab a current one.  We partner with a family to help with that build called "sweat equity".  The family partners with Habitat to learn about personal finances, mortgage qualification, the home buying process and the home ownership in general.  When the home is built the family than applies to purchase the home from habitat.

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After two heart-rending losses, a White Pigeon family, with Habitat for Humanity’s help, will soon have decent, affordable housing. Two years ago, Kathy Rider lost her husband after his valiant battle with cancer.  A year later, her daughter Kalan, the single mother of a 4-year-old girl, was hit and killed walking home from work on Highway 131 in White Pigeon when a car ran off the road and killed her.  Kathy Rider was suddenly her granddaughter Lily’s guardian and sole provider.

“I promised Lily a forever home with a backyard to play in after we lost Kalan” said Kathy.

 Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County MI and students from the St. Joseph County Intermediate School district are teaming up to build Kathy and Lily that “forever home” in White Pigeon.  The modest 1250 square foot, three-bedroom, one bath home with 1-car detached garage will sit right next to Habitat’s last White Pigeon build; now occupied by another Habitat partner family.

Kathy and Lily will trade the cramped quarters of a rented mobile home for a home of their own. As a Habitat partner family, Kathy will be required to put “sweat equity” into the home she will buy by helping with aspects of the build.  .

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