Paid off in Caz

Paid off

Habitat for Humanity volunteers build houses, build lives

By Willie Kiernan

After all that sweat equity and a 20-year mortgage, Sam Lorn Song can finally say the house is his.

"I just repaired the roof; the house is never done," Song said.

Song, 59, is the first Caz Habitat recipient to pay off his 20-year mortgage. He even paid it before the due date.

"I am very pleased with them. I want to say thank you to everybody," Song said.

The Cazenovia area Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Caz was the 50th affiliation back in 1984. Today there are more than 2,000 such affiliations domestically.

"We have a dozen board members," said George Baier, founding board member.

Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.

Get Involved

Workers meet at 8 a.m. Saturday mornings and during the week if needed. Contact George Belton, construction supervisor and building committee chairman, at 655-5798, to verify activity before coming to the site.

If you or someone you know is in need of decent, affordable housing, call the office for more information about the process of applying for Habitat home ownership. That number is toll free- 1-866-751-6340 or e-mail: grb1951@yahoo.com.

The Caz area group meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month in the Cazenovia Library. They are currently in the process of re-incorporating to be called the Madison county Habitat for Humanity, but are waiting for the Hamilton affiliate to dissolve.

"There's a large project in the city of Oneida we're looking at," Baier said. "There's seven houses involved and maybe we can get a federal grant for the infrastructure."

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