Open house held to aid homeowners

9 months 2 weeks 1 day ago Saturday, September 30 2017 Sep 30, 2017 Saturday, September 30, 2017 2:20:00 PM CDT September 30, 2017 in News
By: M. Olivia Gerling, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY – A different type of open house was held on Saturday in Jefferson City.

Rather than a single house on display, River City Habitat for Humanity showed off multiple.  In honor of World Habitat Day on Monday, River City Habitat for Humanity held an open house for the community to learn about their programs.

The first Monday of October is declared as World Habitat Day. This was declared by the United Nations in order to bring awareness to the community that there is a global housing crisis. 

One of the main program goals of River City Habitat for Humanity is to teach people how to become homeowners.

“The program takes about a year, and then we move them into their homes,” Susan Cook-Williams said.

Cook-Williams is the Executive Director at River City Habitat for Humanity.

Unlike what some people may believe, Cook-Williams said that Habitat for Humanity is not free. Each house is sold to a family, however, the programs help them learn to buy the house and take care of it. 

“What Habitat [for Humanity] does is allow people to purchase the home at zero percent interest,” Cook-Williams said. “Their mortgage payment with their taxes and insurance is much lower than rent, so it makes it affordable for people to become homeowners.”

Many of the funds for building houses come from the Re-Store shop. The shop is a place where people can buy unique, used items such as furniture. All of the money from the shop goes towards building houses.

“The store funds about three houses a year in Jefferson City,” Jim Hofmann, the Volunteer Manager at the Habitat Re-Store, said. “We’re still trying to build six houses, and so there’s still a gap for the community to help us fill to be able to fill than need.”

Homeowners purchase their homes from River City Habitat for Humanity for a 25-year mortgage and make a house payment just like anybody else. 

“It is amazing when I read the stories of the applicants that come in to apply for our program, the need that people have to be able to afford housing so that they’re not making the choice between medicine or food or paying the rent,” Cook-Williams said. “So it’s extremely important in my mind that we have affordable housing options in our community and throughout the world."

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – City council approved two public hearings in August to discuss possible increases to the property tax and sewer... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 7:46:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Former Gov. Eric Greitens' campaign spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal fees in his... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 7:03:27 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to rename the Columbia post office located on Walnut... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 6:51:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Family, friends and law enforcement continue to search Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area for Jerry Kinman. ... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 6:00:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's U.S. senators are standing by the intelligence community's conclusion that the Russians interfered in the... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 5:10:30 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A man who was fatally shot after wounding three Kansas City police officers during a gunfight... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 3:30:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY - A group responsible for ballot petition advocating major reform in Jefferson City said they are almost positive... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 3:19:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A dialogue that began in October 2017 among the East Campus community could finally have an answer Monday.... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 2:10:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Bidders have spent nearly $80,000 for baseball memorabilia a former Kansas City Royals second baseman put... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 1:51:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
(CNN Money) -- Adidas is racing to make its products more sustainable. The global sportswear maker said Monday that... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 1:18:32 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- A common drug used to control blood pressure and help prevent heart failure was announced by the US... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 1:05:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- US President Donald Trump said Monday he holds both the United States and Russia responsible for the breakdown... More >>
15 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 11:08:00 AM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Work to remove several large pin oaks from Mizzou's Francis Quadrangle began Monday after a recent study showed... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 10:17:00 AM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
BEIJING (AP) — China announced it filed a World Trade Organization challenge Monday to President Donald Trump's latest tariff threat,... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 9:52:57 AM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
HELSINKI (AP) — President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin opened their long-awaited summit Monday with a wink and slouch,... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 9:37:00 AM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City man died in Iowa Saturday morning during police pursuit. A Fayette County Sheriff's... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 8:20:00 AM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Boone County deputies investigate a death at North Lakewood Drive and East St. Charles Road. Deputies... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 7:15:00 AM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Ragtag Cinema showed the World Cup Final against France and Croatia Sunday on its movie screens free of charge.... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 7:53:00 PM CDT July 15, 2018 in Continuous News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
3am 75°
4am 74°
5am 73°
6am 72°