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  • Habitat receives $100,000 from Pike

  • Habitat for Humanity of Pike County, Inc. received a $100,000 boost, Wednesday, April 2nd, from a County donation.
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  •   Habitat for Humanity of Pike County, Inc. received a $100,000 boost, Wednesday, April 2nd, from a County donation.
       Pike County Commissioners presented the check to Rev. Niels Nielsen, President of the local Habitat chapter. Chairman Richard Caridi said the funds come from a $2 fee collected every time a deed or other document is filed with the County. The money is allocated for affordable housing, which coincides with Habitat's mission.
       Habitat is currently working on the 21st and 22nd project homes in Pike County, Nielsen said. The County normally presents $50,000 at a time for each house, but in this case two houses were underway. The County has been assisting Habitat in this way for about 12 years, Caridi said.
        Nielsen reminded that the Habitat program does not give away homes. The families that will occupy them are considered partners, and receive a zero-percent interest mortgage. Partners must put in so many hours of "sweat equity" to assist in the home's development. Volunteers build the home with donated funds and materials. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, seeking to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness.
       Nielsen is pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Dingmans Ferry.
       PA Act 137 of 1992 authorizes county governments to raise additional revenues to be used for affordable housing needs by increasing fees for recording mortgages and deeds. Pike County set up a Housing Trust Fund in 1995.
       Information on Habitat for Humanity of Pike County, Inc. is available at www.hfhpc.org or by calling 570-828-1623.
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