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Habitat gets $12,000 grant

Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County is building its 12th house in Rochelle. A $12,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will help complete the home for a family of five. Photo supplied
Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County is building its 12th house in Rochelle. A $12,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will help complete the home for a family of five. Photo supplied

Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County recently received $12,000 grant which will go toward two projects already in the works.

Board president, Don Schier and executive director Vanessa White-Broome said the grant came from the Community Grants Program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois with support from the Dr. Louis & Violet Rubin Fund.

White-Broome said the money will go toward a new home build in Rochelle and a home rehab in Polo, projects that were started last year.

Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate poverty housing by building simple, decent affordable houses for people in need, helping to revitalize neighborhoods and communities. 

With volunteer labor and tax deductible donations of materials and money, Habitat builds and rehabilitates houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families.

“By partnering with those qualified in the Ogle County service area, our affiliate provides opportunities for homeownership thus opening doors to security, stability, hope, and a sense of pride in becoming a homeowner,” White-Broome said.

She said the grant will help HFHOC complete a new three-bedroom home in Rochelle for a family of 5, rehab a home in Polo for a family of three, as well as other projects.

“We are very excited to share this news with everyone in Ogle County, and are very appreciative to the board of trustees of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, as well as countless other individuals and businesses in the area who have supported our organization in one way or another,” White-Broome said. “This support has enabled us to serve a total of three families in 2017 who have attained their dream of decent, affordable housing.”

HFHOC was begun in 2002 and so far has completed 11 new homes in five communities — Polo, Oregon, Forreston, Mt. Morris, and Byron. The Rochelle home is the 12th.

The mission of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is to serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve, and grow an endowment for the current and future needs of the people of northern Illinois. 

Since its founding in 1953, CFNIL has granted more than $65 million for charitable purposes in the region.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry, comprised of volunteers, that welcomes to all people dedicated to eliminating poverty housing.

Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built thousands of homes in countries around the world, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than a million people.

Future homeowners help build their homes and then buy them through affordable, no-profit mortgages; their payments go into a Fund for Humanity to build additional homes.

To be chosen as the recipient of a Habitat home, a family must apply and undergo a lengthy selection process.

Once selected, home recipients are required to put in the a number of "sweat equity" hours by helping to build their new home. 

Each home carries an interest-free mortgage.  

The new homeowner makes payments that include the loan, insurance, and taxes. Often this payment is less than rent would be.

HFHOC continually seeks funds, donations, and volunteers to help keep the final mortgage as low as possible.   

For more information, to donate, or volunteer go to habitatoglecounty.org or contact White-Broome at vanessawhite82@yahoo.com or call 815-440-6598.

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