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7-13-2012 3:23:39 PM
Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments go into an account that is used to support Habitat's mission.
Habitat is not a give-away program. Each homeowner family invests hundreds of hours of their own labor - sweat equity - to the ...
7-13-2012 3:22:02 PM
In 1990, the Valencia Park neighborhood in Shreveport was an eyesore. Decaying houses sat next to empty, weed-infested lots on pothole-covered streets. Drug dealers used long-abandoned houses for commerce while senior citizens were hidden behind locked doors. While the neighborhood had its share of concerned citizens, they were outnumbered by drug dealers, renters and absentee landlords that simply didn't care.
Some did what they could to clean the area up, but tearing down houses and repaving ...