A national nonprofit will help Habitat for Humanity build three new homes in Linden.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans gave a $250,000 grant to the organization to help more people in central Ohio.
EJ Thomas, chief executive officer for Habitat for Humanity-Greater Columbus, said that his organization is all about rebuilding.
“This is one of the prosperities here on 15th Avenue that we will be razing to building new homes for three Habitat partner families that have been identified over the course of the next year,” Thomas said.
Families identified for Habitat homes work alongside volunteers to build their home. Habitat officials call it “sweat equity.”
“The philosophy of Habitat is a hand-up, not a hand-out,” Thomas said. “It’s human nature that you appreciate more that which you’ve worked for. So, not only do they work on the home on the way to the house being finished, but at the end of the day, they have a mortgage, just like you and I.”
Neighbor Eddie Anderson said that he is happy that the blight near his home will be replaced with new homes to help others.
“It’s a danger, and it’s an eyesore for this neighborhood,” Anderson said. “I’m very happy it’s going away. I couldn’t ask for a better New Year’s present.”
Thomas said that the three families will have new homes next year.
“What you see here is obviously a blighted piece of property,” Thomas said. “And this time next year, we may be standing out here in the snow, but there will be a family in a nice, warm, energy-efficient home.”
Habitat for Humanity has built 255 homes in Franklin County since 1987.
Thrivent’s contributions have helped build 14 homes over the past eight years.
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