BANGOR — The City of Old Town has donated land at 159 Perkins Avenue in Old Town to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor. Habitat Bangor is raising funds to build a three-unit condominium on the site and is now accepting applications from families who are interested in owning an affordable two or three bedroom condo.
To be eligible, families must be US citizens who have lived or worked in the Greater Bangor area for at least a year, currently live in either public housing, housing whose costs exceed 30% of income, or substandard housing. Families must earn between 30% and 80% of the area median income and be willing to partner with Habitat by investing 200 hours of sweat equity per adult.
The application process will remain open until three families are selected. Interested families can begin the process by completing an eligibility questionnaire online at http://www.habitatbangor.org/eligibility-questionnaire. Families can also call 207-942-8977 to request a questionnaire be sent to them in the mail.
Eligible families will meet with representatives from Habitat Bangor’s family selection team to learn more about the homeownership program. We will put eligible applicants in touch with local banking partners to learn about obtaining an affordable mortgage.
If fundraising is successful, we hope to break ground as early as this summer. Anyone interested in contributing can give online at http://www.habitatbangor.org/current-project.html.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor has worked in partnership with volunteers and lower-income families to build 19 simple, decent houses in the local community. Habitat’s affordable, no-profit house payments free up money for food, child care, medicine, and other necessities. Research has shown that decent housing improves health, increases children’s educational achievement, and strengthens community ties.