Shiocton family gets house through Habitat for Humanity

By Linda Titel
A family gets to stay in Shiocton after it receives help from the non-profit group Habitat for Humanity.
The family consists of Juan Rosas and Yolanda Arriaga and their two children Daniela Rosas, 16 and Juan Jesus Rosas, 8. They really like the Shiocton area and the school so they are happy to be given the opportunity to stay.
Kevin Gostomski, from Appleton, is part of the new home construction crew with his partner Brian Koffarnus who was also helping out on the house.
Gostomski said, the process started when they found a family that was in Shiocton and wanted to stay in the Shiocton and the school system so they eventually found a lot and the building began.
It will take roughly three months, 21 volunteer days and mixed in sub contractor days to complete the home.
Gostomski said he would like to get the community and surrounding area more involved in the project and posssibly more volunteers to help.
“A lot of people have misconceptions on what habitat does and doesn’t do,” said Gostomski.
There are three things the families have to agree to:
1. As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.
The family has to put in sweat equity, this family is a dual parent family so they have to put in 500 hours of sweat equity. This family also worked on other families homes last summer and has taken education classes on how to manage a mortgage and how to budget. Finance classes are also part of the package so they may be successful not in only getting into a home but in the next 30 years as well. They also go over home maintenance and repairs the home may need in the future.
2. Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.
The family has to pay the mortgage. The owners must have a job and comfortable enough to pay for the mortgage. The biggest benefit the families get is a zero percent interest loan where Habitat for Humanity holds the mortgage.
3. The applicant’s level of need.
The family has to have a need, their old home has to be over-crowded or unsafe to live in or in a very poor place in town with high utility costs and Habitat for Humanity has to verify that need.
The rest is history, so if you want to give a helping hand show up at the property on N5821 E. Cherry Ct. off of E. Maple Ct. on Highway 187 and learn a new trade while helping out a family in need
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.
Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners.
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