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Applications welcome for Barrow Habitat houses

AUBURN - Barrow County Habitat for Humanity's drive to eliminate sub-standard housing is again gaining traction.

The agency recently opened applications for homeowners seeking to occupy upcoming projects.

The opportunity to own a fully rehabilitated home isn't open to just anyone, however. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

· A Barrow County resident for at least a year.

· Demonstrate a true need (i.e., living in an unsafe, unhealthy or overcrowded home, or homeless).

· Can afford a monthly house payment between $300 and $400.

· Will be willing to volunteer on upcoming home projects.

Interested Barrow residents should attend an upcoming information session held in cities around the county, said Paul Brown, the agency's executive director.

By partnering with local churches, Habitat for Humanity has assisted 10 partner families in Barrow since its inception in 1995. The first home was completed in 1998, Brown said.

For more information, visit the Barrow County Habitat For Humanity Web site at www.barrow

habitat.org or call 770-277-7997.

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Anyone interested in applying for a Barrow County Habitat for Humanity home must attend one of the following applicant meetings through Sept. 21:

· 7 p.m. Tuesday: Statham Community Center, 327 Jefferson St., Statham

· 10 a.m. Sept. 20: Move of God Church, 171 W. Athens St., Winder

· 6 p.m. Sept. 21:

First Presbyterian Church, 239 W. Chandler St., Winder