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Molly Flynn: Habitat helping low-income families one home at a time

To the editor:

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity has been working hard to alleviate the housing costs for the Pioneer Valley’s citizens, one house at a time. Habitat is a nonprofit organization that works to help low-income families by providing a safe but simple home for those who struggle with poor living conditions. The new homeowners must take on a no-interest mortgage, and Pioneer Valley Habitat works with the homeowners to make this a realistic undertaking. In addition, these families must work for over 250 hours on their home’s build site with other volunteers who are essential for the home’s completion.

During a time of high rental costs, mortgages and foreclosures, it is important to remember that Habitat for Humanity is still working hard to help families in need. Pioneer Valley Habitat’s next home, on Belchertown Road in Amherst, is expected to be finished in June. We welcome everyone to the dedication of this home, when the new homeowners will officially receive their house, and the community can show their support.

Pioneer Valley Habitat plans to build at least one more home this year, and next year is hoping for even more. As a member of the Pioneer Valley community, it is important for us to be aware of the work the nonprofits are doing in the area, and the impact they are having on helping families in need.

More information is available about Habitat online.

Molly Flynn

Amherst

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