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TUSCALOOSA, AL - Habitat for Humanity in Tuscaloosa is holding quarterly workshops for those interested in owning a Habitat home.

The workshop is where it all begins.  If you want to own your own home built by Habitat for Humanity you have to attend one of their homeowner workshops. The meeting lasts less than an hour and they cover the requirements to own a Habitat home.

Tarkeya Holman has been renting in Tuscaloosa for eight years. She wants to own a place where she can raise her three children. Holman said, “It will be a place where the kids can call home. And they can say they group up there, you know?”

Applicants have one week from the workshop to turn in their application. Then the Habitat office has four weeks to review it. If approved from start to finish the process could take about nine months.

Applicants who attend the July 1, 2014 meetings will be eligible for homes in the west end. Unlike the homes that Habitat has built in the Alberta City area, the homes that they will build in the west end are on lots that are donated. So they're not all in one centralized area.

Because Habitat homes are not given away, a homeowner can expect a monthly payment of about $450. In order to keep the payments low, Habitat is looking for more land.

Ellen Potts the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Tuscaloosa said, “We are very careful about where we purchase lots because we don't want to build a really nice habitat house you know that's worth say $95,000 or $98,000 in a neighbor where all the other house are worth $25,000.”

Each homeowner is required to contribute about 250 "sweat equity" hours of manual labor on the building of their house or another habitat house.

Alma Castro said her house is in major need of repair or demolition. She says the workshop gives her hope. Castro added, “I see all the things that habitat is doing and they are doing a beautiful job.”

The next workshop in Tuscaloosa will be Tuesday October 7th at 10:30 and 5:30 at the Tuscaloosa Public Library.

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