Cody and Anne Marie Bradshaw will soon begin construction on their new Habitat for Humanity home on March 29.

This home marks the tenth residence constructed through the Graham Habitat for Humanity since affiliate approval in January 2006. According to HFH Executive Director Jimmy Guinn, Graham's HFH chapter is one of the smallest in the nation and is 100 percent community supported. Overall, Habitat International and its affiliates have helped build over 600,000 houses and served more than 3 million people around the world since 1976. The house materials are scheduled to be delivered and unloaded by volunteers March 25. The Habitat house will be built in partnership with the Bradshaws and up to 14 different Graham churches, civic organizations and corporate groups over 14 Saturdays from April to June.

The Bradshaws were selected to receive this year's house after submitting their application nearly two years ago. 

“It was a blessing because I work every day and it's hard to make ends meet anymore,” said Cody Bradshaw. “It's betterment for our family and our future.” 

The Bradsahws have three children, ages 12, 13 and 14, and are ready to begin building their new home. They have already put in 100 hours of work on an HFH home last year, that of Denise Galvin and her family. This process is counted as “sweat equity,” and goes toward the down payment of the soon-to-be-built home. The Bradshaws are required to perform 300 hours of “sweat equity” toward the completion of theirs, with the remaining 200 hours to be used building their own home.

The average Habitat home costs approximately $56,500 to build, and local donations from sponsors including day sponsors provide 100 percent of the total cost of construction. Home recipients assume a 20- to 30-year no-profit and no-interest mortgage. HFH is not means affiliated with government housing and the homes are not free to the families who live in them. They pay a mortgage just like any other homeowner, and all mortgage payments are deposited into the Habitat for Humanity of Graham revolving “fund for Humanity” account.


Read more in Sunday's Graham Leader.