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Two new homes being built in Huron County

Tom Jackson • May 12, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Firelands Habitat for Humanity, which has provided dozens of homes to families that need affordable housing, is building two new homes in Huron County.

The group held a wall raising on Tuesday for a new house at the corner of Hayes Street and First Street in Willard that’s being built for Eva Matter and her three children and two grandchildren.

The 1,500-square-foot house, a bit bigger than the usual Habitat homes, will have five bedrooms and two baths.

To earn the right to participate, Matter had to get on a waiting list and put in “sweat equity,” volunteer work on other houses. Before her house is finished in July, she is required to donate 400 hours.    Matter, an employee of Berry Plastics in Monroeville, is working this week and next week to get her hours in. She was working at the house Tuesday during the wall-raising.

“We got a lot of work done,” she said. “It was very busy. We got three walls up”

Habitat for Humanity homeowners are given a mortgage that has no interest and no down payment, making the program more affordable for people of modest means, said Mike McCall, executive director of Habitat for Humanity.

Matter’s home will cost $83,000. She’ll have a 25-year mortgage, with monthly payments of about $476, including taxes and insurance, he said.

A volunteer group from several other states, the RV Care-A-Vanners, is helping with Matter’s home.

Meanwhile, volunteers from National Women Build Day and from Catholic Charities will be helping when a wall raising ceremony is held Saturday for a new home at Willard Avenue and Fuller Avenue in Norwalk that’s being built for Trena Garrison, who works at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

The 1,200-square-foot home will have three bedrooms. Garrison will be making monthly payments of about $450, insurance and taxes included. That house also is scheduled to be finished in July.

McCall said Firelands Habitat for Humanity has completed 87 homes in Huron and Erie counties. Garrison’s home will be house No. 88, while Matter’s will be No. 89.

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