Habitat application blitz on Saturday

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps member Tom Lee, middle, works on the floor in a Habitat for Humanity of Danville house during a 2017 project on Franklin Street. Team Leader Matt Tettelbach, left, and team member Darius Gray look on. Habitat has used AmeriCorps teams as well as local volunteers on its construction projects.

DANVILLE – Habitat for Humanity of Danville is having another application blitz to seek families with whom to partner.

Habitat will accept applications for homeownership 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St.

Those wanting to apply are asked to bring proof of all income — bring two months of pay stubs or other printed materials — and proof of all utilities and monthly bills — phone, water, power, cable, car payment, internet, etc.

Habitat Executive Director Jon Gibson said they are working with a family on a rehabilitation project now at 711 W. Columbia St. There unfortunately was a break-in recently at the house with some hand tools and power tools taken.

Gibson said it was a small setback, and they’ve recovered a portion of the tools.

“We will not let it stop us on building,” he said.

“We are looking to identify our next project right now,” he added.

Part of finding another family is determining what size of house is needed for them, he said.

With their last eligible partner family having a house assigned, Gibson said they’ll be moving forward in acquiring another property to house the next family.

He said because they are doing more of the rehabs, they’ll see what the family needs in terms of a two- or more bedroom home, before they purchase another house.

“We’re looking to identify what the current needs are and who are eligible partners,” he said about future family partners.

He said once they have more identified partners, they will maintain that list or maybe have people apply again in six months.

Habitat is only making plans at this time to purchase one more house. It also hopes to be approved for another AmeriCorps team of five to 10 people to come to Danville for 10 weeks from January to March to help with the rehabilitation.

“If we are successful, they’ll work on the second house,” Gibson said.

Earlier this week Gibson participated in a first Volunteer Fair at the library.

“I’d say it was a definite success for the first year,” he said.

He looks forward to future fairs to make people more aware of volunteer opportunities through Habitat and other local organizations.

Oct. 3 marked six months the Habitat ReStore has been in its new location at 422 N. Vermilion St.

“It has been phenomenal,” Gibson said.

Habitat has been trying to keep up with the sales and donations.

“Donations have been close to double and sales have been up significantly,” he said.

He said with the Christmas season approaching they’re looking for more volunteers to sort, price and place items at the ReStore. Volunteers can work any time the store is open. The ReStore’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

“It takes work to get it ready for the store,” he said about the holiday decorations and items that are for sale.

He said September was a strong month for the ReStore when they had “a great donation from Turk Furniture when they closed.”

Gibson said they had 12-14 box trucks full of furniture, lamps and artwork.

“That was a wonderful success,” he said.

Habitat also has won a Community Impact award for energy efficiency from Ameren, Gibson said.

The new ReStore building uses a high efficiency furnace and LED lights, which were put in with Ameren incentives.

To contact Jon Gibson to volunteer at the ReStore or for more information about the application blitz, email director@habitatdanville.org or call 217-497-4234.

Habitat for Humanity of Danville is a not-for-profit Christian ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing by building or renovating homes for qualified families in the Danville area.

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