Applications are being accepted for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor's latest build, a 3-unit condo in Old Town.

The City of Old Town donated a plot of land at 159 Perkins Avenue for the organization's latest build. Habitat usually serves a single family at a time, so this is an unusual opportunity for eligible income families to obtain a home of their own. In this case, it will be a condominium, rather than an individual house.

I've always been a supporter of this cause, since I feel it benefits a section of our society that is often overlooked. This is not a hand-out but rather a hand-up. In other words, it benefits folks who are working to improve their lives, but have been unable to afford to obtain a home of their own.The houses are not 'given' to the eligible families. They will need to have good credit and be able to pay off a low-to-no-interest mortgage.

There are a few eligibility requirements for approval as a Habitat family

  • Must be U.S. citizens who have lived or worked in the Greater Bangor area for at least a year
  • Must live in public housing, or housing whose costs exceed 30% of their income, or housing that is substandard
  • Must earn between 30% and 80% of the area median income
  • Must be willing to partner with Habitat by investing 200 hours of sweat equity per adult

The application process is open and will remain so until three families are selected. If you'd like to explore whether or not this might be the right fit for your family, log onto Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor's website, where you can also fill out an eligibility questionnaire.

Any businesses or individuals who would like to help out can make an online donation or contact Lynn Hempen at lynn@habitatbangor.org for more information.