Habitat for Humanity for Greater Chattanooga hasn’t been getting as many inquiries as usual, so officials are putting the word out they are accepting applications for potential homeowners.

“Sometimes homeownership can seem really scary especially if you’ve rented all you life, but if people have that desire or curiosity on what it takes to be a homeowner, we would like to sit down with them and figure out the steps,” Habitat volunteer coordinator Cheryl Marsh said.

Low-income families or individuals can apply to become Habitat for Humanity homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity for Greater Chattanooga builds eight to 10 houses each fiscal year, taking around 16 weeks to complete each house.

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They rely on partner families and volunteers for much of the construction but subcontract out for roofing, plumbing, and electricity.

The application process takes around three to four months, consisting of an income verification, a landlord verification and a criminal record background check.

“The reward at the end is getting the key to your brand-new, Habitat, energy efficient home,” Marsh said.

Habitat for Humanity for Greater Chattanooga Area has been operating since 1986, providing people with affordable homes built by volunteers and financial partners. This faith-based organization has built 276 homes for over 1,000 people.

To obtain a pre-qualifying questionnaire, call the Habitat office at 423-756-0507 or go to its website.

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