OTTUMWA — Over the past six years, the Ottumwa Board of Realtors has given more than $7,000 to the Ottumwa Habitat for Humanity organization.
Once again this year, the Ottumwa Board of Realtors held an auction of items donated by Realtors and affiliates at its May meeting. Realtor Greg Millikin served as auctioneer. This year, $1,342.50 was donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Applications are being sought for a property on Lillian Street, and two lots have just been purchased from the city for future builds.
Guidelines for application for housing include:
• Families must currently reside in a 30-mile radius of Ottumwa. The home will be built in Ottumwa.
• The need for a decent house is the most important criteria in the selection of a family. Only those living in substandard or inadequate housing will be considered. Also taken into consideration are the number, the ages and the sex of children compared to the number of bedrooms in your home.
• Only families who are unable to obtain a conventional or government-assisted mortgage loan to purchase a home will be considered.
• Applicants should have adequate and stable income to cover the cost of utilities, taxes, insurance and maintenance expenses, as well as the monthly house payment.
• Applicants must be able to demonstrate a history of financial responsibility. Credit reports will be requested.
• Families must be willing to participate as a partner with Ottumwa Habitat for Humanity. Families must agree to “Sweat Equity” requirements established by the Ottumwa Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.