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Construction commences on Habitat’s latest house

Mercado is selected as recipient of Morris home

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 5:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 14, 2013 5:51 p.m. CDT
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Troutman Excavating of Channahon digs the foundation for the Mercado family’s Habitat home, located in the 900 block of East North Street in Morris.

Construction has started on Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity’s House No. 10, located on the former Paper Mill property in Morris.

Over the June 8-9 weekend, Troutman Excavating dug the hole for the foundation. Troutman Excavating, which is located in Channahon, provided their services to the organization without charge. They will also dig the sewer and water hookup for the home.

“Donated and discounted materials, as well as services are essential to the construction of a Habitat home,” according to John Latimer, construction committee co-chair and former board president. “This type of support, as well as volunteer labor, helps keep the building costs low, which is passed on to the homeowner.”

Upon completion, Rey Mercado will purchase the house. Mercado was selected after a rigorous application process.

Habitat “partner families” earn 30-60 percent of the area’s median income and are unable to qualify for a conventional home loan. Additionally, background and credit checks are performed, and partner families must contribute 400 hours of “sweat equity” toward the building of their home. They are sold with a no-interest mortgage, making home ownership affordable. The modest mortgage payments then help fund future Habitat homes.

Mercado, a longtime resident of Morris, will share the house with his daughters, Willow and Marina, ages 10 and 12. The cost to complete the 1,100-square-foot home is approximately $85,000.

Donations are actively being sought and can be directed to Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity at 105 East Main St., Suite 202, Morris, IL 60450.

The organization is a registered 501(c) 3 not-for-profit and donations are tax-deductible. Area businesses, individuals and organizations are being encouraged to “Fund a Foot” at $25 or four for $100, in exchange for recognition on the group’s website and traveling “Fund a Foot” board.

For more information, contact Habitat at (815) 942-1452 or, or search “Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity” on Facebook.

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