Habitat for Humanity of Denton County Looks for Homeowners

Group receives applications from only four families

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    Habitat for Humanity is putting out a call for more qualified applicants to live in the homes build by volunteers and donations.

    Habitat for Humanity of Denton County is putting out an unusual call for help -- it needs housing applicants.

    The group has plenty of volunteers and donations, but qualified applicants are needed before the homes can go up.

    "Previously, we have had a long list of applications that come in when we open the application process," said Roger Anderson, construction manager. "This time, we didn't have that many come in."

    The application process started in May and was open for two weeks. But the Habitat for Humanity only received four applications instead of the typical 100.

    "We are a little bit confused as to why there have been so few applicants," Carolina Vera said.

    The United Way of Denton County recently released its 2011 Community Assets and Needs Assessment, finding that affordable housing is a top need in the county.

    "A lot of people need housing," staff member Leah Jordan said. "The Denton Housing Authority closed the Section 8 housing waiting list last summer because they had a four-year wait on that waiting list, so you can't even sign up for affordable housing in Denton County right now."

    Habitat for Humanity of Denton County is hopes its call for help reaches people in need.

    "We want to build these homes," Anderson said.

    Housing applications are available at the Goodwill stores in Denton and Lewisville.