Habitat Group Can't Find Vet for Project

8 years 4 months 6 days ago Thursday, June 09 2011 Jun 9, 2011 Thursday, June 09, 2011 1:21:00 PM CDT June 09, 2011 in News
By: Matt Moreno

COLUMBIA - Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity has partnered with VA Mortgage Center.com for the second straight year for the Veteran Build Project, but said Thursday they're missing veterans. Habitat for Humanity said it's having trouble finding a veteran applicant for whom to build a home.

The director of Show-Me Central Habitat, Bill View, said, "We've had a bit of difficulty finding veterans. There's an awful lot of veterans out there, but for some reason or another--maybe it's a sense of pride or whatever--but they seem to shy away a little bit from making an application here for a home."

View said the only additional qualifications are being a low-income veteran. Only one veteran will be selected for this specific project, but Habitat said all qualified veterans who apply will receive homes in the future. The two company partners helped veteran Chris Ruff become a homeowner last year.

In a news release, Nate Long, CEO of VAMortgageCenter.com, said, "VAMortgageCenter.com was able to accomplish our primary goals with this project, which is giving active duty soldiers or veterans of this community the joy of home ownership and giving back to the community. This is something that is very fullfilling to our company."

VAMortgageCenter.com has donated $60,000 to the project and will help build the house. Habitat stresses this building project is not a giveway. Instead, the selected veteran would help build the home and then receive a 20-year, no-interest loan. Show-Me Central Habitat came to Boone County in 1988 and dedicated its 100th home this year. If you are a veteran or know a veteran who is interested in becoming a homeowner, visit their website.  

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