Habitat Looking for a South Seneca Lot; Ready to Paint the Town

It hasn’t been a good winter for the Kenneth Charron family of Willard.Kenneth, his wife, Christine, and three daughters age 16, 13 and 8 live in a two-bedroom house with two dogs, four cats and two fish. It gets pretty cramped sometimes, Charron admitted. “My wife and I sleep in the hallway,” he said. And imagine three daughters all trying to fit in one bathroom to get ready for school! But that’s just the beginning. Throughout the cold winter, the family had to deal with leaky roofs and no furnace. At one point, the fire department shut off the hot water heater when the basement flooded.Charron thought his luck had begun to turn when he received a car loan through the “Wheels to Work” program of Generations Bank. The car enabled him to get to his job at Brewer Septic. And then he fell down the stairs and fractured his spine. He continued to work part time from September until December when he reinjured his back. Now he is out of work on disability. But Charron still dreams of a better life for his family. That’s because he qualified for a Habitat for Humanity home. Habitat board chair Menzo Case said the group is ready to begin construction on a home for the Charrons. But there is a catch. Habitat is looking for a property on which to build. “We are interested in land that has municipal water and sewer,” Case said. “Otherwise, the cost is too high for the home. We always prefer donations; however, we are willing to purchase land. The land needs to meet the minimum house lot size, which may vary from village to village.” Case said Habitat will consider the purchase of an existing home that requires rehabilitation, but needs no less than 3 bedrooms or the ability to add on to the home.Anyone who has a property for Habitat to consider should contact Case at Generations Bank, East Bayard Street, Seneca Falls.Meanwhile, the Habitat volunteers have been busy building homes for those in need in Seneca Falls and Waterloo. Case said projects currently under way include:- 5 White Street, Seneca Falls: Underway and expected to be completed in the next four weeks.- Miller Street, Seneca Falls: A duplex intended for interim housing for families in waiting. Habitat will return to that location the second week of April.- Wycliffe Street, Waterloo: Underway, and expected to be completed in the next two weeks. Several families already have applied to move into the home, which Habitat repossessed when the previous owner failed to make mortgage payments.- Chestnut Street, Seneca Falls: A new build expected to begin the first week in May.“We may acquire a renovation project in Waterloo as well. It depends on the cash flow,” he added.PAINTING THE TOWNIn addition to helping install sheetrock and bathrooms, Habitat volunteers are painting up a storm, thanks to a donation from Valspar Paints. The company recently donated 75 five-gallon tubs of paint, part of Valspar’s national support of Habitat for Humanity.Harry Bennett and Tim Gonyou unload truckload of paint donated by Valspar to Habitat for Humanity of Seneca County.Volunteers are needed on Saturday from 7:45 am to 3:30 pm. Additional work days will be scheduled as possible and based on volunteers requesting to assist. . For more information about volunteering or making a donation, contact Habitat for Humanity at volunteer@habitatseneca.org. Tim Gonyou, Harry Bennett and Menzo Case prepare to store 75 gallons of Valspar Paint for Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build homes or renovate existing homes to create decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. Mortgage payments received by the affiliate are used to build more homes. Habitat for Humanity of Seneca County, NY, is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 2 million people.

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